I went out just before the rain this morning to check on the chrysalis in the plum tree and discovered that the monarch was ready to emerge. After taking a quick picture, it began to rain so I clipped the limb and took it into the green house. I took a lot of pictures as i watched this wonderful miracle of nature unfold before me. It does not mater how often you see this happen it never gets old. It fills the soul with joy! If you would like to see what happens go to my Monarch page and watch the slideshow.
I saw that the chrysalis on the pepper plant had turned black and you could see the monarch inside, I thought I'd go get my camera as soon as I finished watering. Well... I forgot all about it! When I went back out this is what I found. I will try to catch the next one at just the right time. I am getting more monarch visitors every day, so there will be more opportunities, and i still have the chrysalis on the plum tree to watch.
Monarchs may have a bad time coming through his year as so many of the flowers they depend on for nectar have already bloomed and the drought has not helped I still have some good ones blooming in pots and I am hoping I get lots of them coming into my yard.
I am already planning next years garden. I will be adding more natives like compass weed and pitcher sage.