Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Carlos the Monarch

A couple of weeks ago, Ocean (very excitedly) found a nice, plump caterpillar. We carefully carried him home with some of the plant he was munching on, dubbed him "Carlos" and put him in a small habitat with the plant and a small branch, hopeful that he would morph. Two days later, he started to attach to the branch (see the two silk strands?). We read that cocoons usually change to blend in with their environment, and Carlos' chrysalis has since changed from green to brown. I'm now wondering if he'll overwinter since he hasn't emerged yet. We'll keep an eye on him!

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  1. ***update***Carlos surprised us by hatching after "overwintering" for 6 months! One day I woke up and our cat, Rodney, was acting all hyper up on top of the piano (where we had Carlos' box) and to my surprise, there was Carlos- a beautiful black (and yellow) swallowtail. I woke up Ocean and we released him into the garden.