Monarch Butterfly Emerging in Pictures!

I knew our monarch butterfly would be emerging today since he looked like this last night! You can tell because the chrysalis is almost completely clear and you can see the colorful wings through it.

monarch chrysalis

And this morning it was completely see through and you can see the very swollen, very black butterfly through it.

monarch emerging chrysalis

Monarch Butterfly Emerging

Remember our monarch butterfly caterpillar we found?

Let the show begin…

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It’s a boy!  See the thick black dots on his back wings? That’s how you can tell the sex of a monarch butterfly.

The kids enjoyed watching this beautiful wonder of nature from the beginning to end.  I am definitely going to have to do this again for the younger ones.  A very memorable experience!

monarch emerging chrysalis

He is so beautiful and when he first comes out, he is calm enough to rest on your hand for a while as he gets his strength to take his first flight.

His first flight to our neighbors tree!

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I also captured the monarch butterfly emerging in video! I highly recommend checking it out!

If you enjoyed watching the Monarch emerge, you might want to check out these:

Our Monarch Caterpillar Journey

monarch caterpillar journey my little me

We Have a Monarch Chrysallis

Monarch Chrysallis my little me

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  1. says

    I am in such awe of this post. You actually brought tears to my eyes.
    The process is amazing and your photos are just so gorgeous, I had to share it with everyone I knew by tweeting, stumbling and sharing it on my FB page.
    Your kids must be thrilled, I know mine would have been when they were little.
    Thanks so much for sharing. =)

  2. says

    That is a wonderful series of pictures and experience to share. When I taught school I would catch caterpillars and let the kids watch the transformation of the swallowtail butterfly. It is such a great hands-on learning experience. – Margy

    • Jenny says

      It has inspired me to plant a butterfly garden for our yard next year. Hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy it every year in our own back yard.

  3. says

    That is just way too cool!!! Love the photos. It’s something you don’t get to see every day. I think I’m going to have to do this with my boys next year.

    • Jenny says

      I had so many caterpillars that I got to share with my sister and a friend. They are now doing it! And I’m planting some things for butterflys in my yard next spring. I loved it!

  4. says

    I learned something new from you. Although I have raised several monarchs, I had never learned how to tell the males from the females. Thanks for the additional information.

    • Jennifer Dickison says

      You are welcome. I learned from the great google because my kids kept asking if it was a boy or girl.


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