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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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