Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis
Third Stage of Raising Monarchs

The monarch butterfly chrysalis stage of life cycle of the monarch butterfly is next.

What a fascinating transformation to observe....from Monarch caterpillar to Monarch chrysalis!

About 12-24 hours after the caterpillar goes into the "J" position, you will notice subtle changes taking place. The caterpillar changes slightly in color to bluish-green and the antennae become limp.

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The caterpillar also becomes somewhat limp and straightens.

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Watch carefully and you will see the caterpillar move and expand inside the skin. The skin on its back splits from the bottom on up. A shiny green chrysalis is slowly unveiled!!

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The skin shrivels to the top. Then, the chrysalis "dances"......until the skin falls off. AMAZING!

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This all happens in a matter of minutes. The shiny green chrysalis with yellow bands changes in appearance over the first hour or two. Its shape changes slightly and the yellow bands disappear. It becomes a soft green color.

After it hardens, gold dots and a beautiful golden “necklace” decorate it.

The fourth and last stage is the beautiful, miraculous Butterfly!!

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