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A Butterfly Transformation

By Kim Charles


Peggy Sheets captures the monarch butterfly transformation beautifully.

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"I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and get really lazy about tending to my plants at my office. The lack of weeding allowed the butterfly weed to reseed freely so that I seldom walk outside without seeing a monarch in one form or another – caterpillar, chrysalis, or butterfly. The morning glory also reseeded and the cape honeysuckle snaked through the tangle of passion flower vines and Peggy Martin roses to peek at the sun. Incidentally, it’s probably not nice to include the poo shown in the caterpillar photo, but that’s the indication it will soon transform itself into a chrysalis."


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    treasuresmom 10/28/2016

    Just saw one fly away 1 1/2 weeks ago. We had more caterpillars than that but could only find 1 chrysalis.

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