The monarch butterfly chrysalis did not produce a butterfly and I am disappointed. It’s still up there hanging from a butterfly weed leaf. We waited and waited and nothing happened. Something went wrong; perhaps a parasite or disease compromised the caterpillar.
Memorial services at noon tomorrow.
On a happier note we had masses and masses of migrating Monarchs pass through this yard in recent weeks which were attracted to the butterfly bushes and zinnias. I read somewhere that succeeding generations will visit the same spots on their way south if the flowers are still there. Only the occasional stragglers are still coming through. The next three days are supposed to be very warm for October and perhaps I will see more stragglers.
It’s amazing how such a delicate creature can make it so far south in the Autumn to Mexico.