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Monarch Life Cycle
Lens: FA 50 Macro, FA 100 Macro Camera: K 5 II S Photo Location: East Tennessee 
Posted By: mole, 10-30-2017, 06:09 PM

Out on the trail one fine sunny day, we happened to notice a Monarch caterpillar about ready to pupate (you can tell by the "J" shape that she's ready to become a chrysalis):

A day and a half later, her appearance was a bit changed:

While in its pupal case, an insect larva turns to "bug soup" and then reorganizes itself into the adult. It's been less than two weeks, and you can begin to see the color of the wings:

Later that same day, our newly emerged friend is out and almost ready to fly:

Her first flight brings her to a nearby Butterflyweed (orange milkweed):

I felt quite fortunate to be able to spot this little friend and follow her progress. Hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of the Monarch life cycle as well!
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Wonderful series.
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Wonderful series.
Totally agree.
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Very special, thank you!

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Superb series! Congratulations!
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It’s one thing to see nature. It’s another to capture and preserve it so beautifully.
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Fascinating series Mole.
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That was excellent. thanks for sharing with us..

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QuoteOriginally posted by c.perkins Quote
Wonderful series.
Thank you!

QuoteOriginally posted by eaglem Quote
Totally agree.
Glad you enjoyed these.

QuoteOriginally posted by Jacquot Quote
Very special, thank you!
And thanks for taking time to comment!

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Superb series! Congratulations!
I am blessed to live where these small discoveries are an everyday occurence...

QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Itís one thing to see nature. Itís another to capture and preserve it so beautifully.
You are too kind!

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Fascinating series Mole.

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That was excellent. thanks for sharing with us..
Thank you!
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one of the interesting things about the Monarch Butterfly is that the life span of the adult form varies

The Monarch migrates from its Summer ranges to winter in Mexico or California. Usually the adult form lived for a limited time but those which migrate live long enough to reach Mexico or California and return north

"Stage 4
This generation repeats the processes the other three generations of Monarch butterflies underwent, but with the one crucial difference of traveling (migrating) to California through Mexico to enjoy the warmer climate there. They live for six to eight months until they again get ready to undertake the return migration.
Note: In effect, the fourth generation of the Monarch butterflies are the only ones that migrate, as, sadly, the butterflies of the first three generations hardly survive beyond 6 weeks of emerging from their pupas "

Monarch Butterflies- Facts to Amaze Your Friends!
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Congratulations on the sighting and the result of your research.
The development steps are very well documented.
With this result, you can be more than satisfied. !!!
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Wonderful series!
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Extraordinary nice and impressive!
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Great series, I admire your patience! All of the shots are very sharp,
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Fantastic set! Thanks for sharing!

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