The first of my final batch of Monarch Caterpillars has emerged from his chrysalis and is now off enjoying his butterfly life. He took 14 days from chrysalis to butterfly, which is slightly longer than the average 9-10 days they take during the peak of our Summer. Now that our temperatures are cooling, the length of time in the chrysalis is extending.
Here's a photographic montage of his progress. He finally eclosed at about 4pm yesterday, so I kept him in over night. It's a marvellous sunny day here, today, so as soon as the sun hit his wings he was off.
Click on each picture, below, to see a larger view.