As with the female that flew off a couple of days ago, this one had been in the chrysalis for 27 days. He slid out of it perfectly and was perfect.
We kept him in overnight, because it was raining and today it rained too. But today by lunch time he was itching to get away, so I took him out into the light rain on my hand.
He did a few flicks of his wings and then off he flew, up into a tree to begin his butterfly life.
But there are plenty more Monarchs around. It's as if Winter never happened for them this year. Today I saw many Monarch eggs on Swan Plants, and even a tiny caterpillar just out of its egg and eating the egg shell, not to mention at least 10 caterpillars in several different stages of growth.
You can read about those in my next post, tomorrow.