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The Cycle of Life
From
Caterpillar to Butterfly - a Monarch's Story

We have had 3 monarch caterpillars on the milkweed plants in our vegetable garden. The pictures here are a combination of two of them as they metamorphosed from caterpillar to butterfly.
The caterpillar pictures are of the second caterpillar to cocoon, the butterfly pictures are of the first that emerged, and the cocoon pictures are a combination of both of them.
The pictures were taken by Lisa and Roger using Lisa's Nikon D50 6.1 MP digital camera with a 55 mm macro lens.

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Feeding on the milkweed Peek a Boo. Travelling down the wire
Feeding on the milkweed
Peek a Boo.
Travelling down the wire
Climbing up the gladiolus Sorting out a postion on the gladiolus Getting ready to hang out
Climbing up the gladiolus
Sorting out a postion on the gladiolus
Getting ready to hang out
Just Hanging Around Getting Ready The change has started.
Just Hanging Around
Getting Ready
The change has started.
Twins Settling In for the Long Haul A butterfly lurks within
Twins
Settling In for the Long Haul
A butterfly lurks within
Doin' the Dew Hanging by a thread A few days later
Doin' the Dew
Hanging by a thread
A few days later
Cocoon Number 1 Cocoon Number 2 Eight Days Later
Cocoon Number 1
Cocoon Number 2
Eight Days Later
Two days later One day later Less than an hour later
Two days later
One day later
Less than an hour later
Fat Abdomen The Twins Crumpled Wings
Fat Abdomen
The Twins
Crumpled Wings
16 minutes after the previous shot Moving on Up 30 minutes later
16 minutes after the previous shot
Moving on Up
30 minutes later
35 minutes later Here's Lookin' At Ya Fully Erect
35 minutes later
Here's Lookin' At Ya
Fully Erect
A Steady Hand About 5 hours after "hatching" Top View
A Steady Hand
About 5 hours after "hatching"
Top View
Flexing the Muscles Breakfast Touch Down
Flexing the Muscles
Breakfast
Touch Down
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