Monarch Butterfly resting after emerging today

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Re: Monarch Butterfly resting after emerging today

Hello Richard,

Simon (neighbor) and I photographed another newly emerged Monarch this morning.

The newly released Monarch flew around his home milkweed plant and returned to it periodically. Simon suggested that it was hungry.

We debated whether or not this Monarch will fly to the Pacific Grove wintering spot. The flight distance is perhaps about 75 miles. Wikipedia states that only one species of Monarch migrates.


Upon release, the Monarch settled on Simon's shoulder

A return to the milkweed plant about 20 minutes after release. . There are two caterpillars in this photo. Can your find them?

This caterpillar is about 40mm long on a milkweed leaf.

This chrysalis is about 12mm long. It was built by a much larger caterpillar that Simon hosted indoors.

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