his crysalis was beginning to become translucent,
as opposed to the nice rich green he was a few days ago.
This morning the crysalis was completely see through. It was time for the big event.
If you want to see the actual hatching, you can watch the video here.
It was also real neat to watch him stretch out his proboscus. This is his mouth part that sucks up flower nectar.
We had to leave for church, and I expected to find him flying around the house when we arrived home and an hour and a half later, but he was still drying on his stick.
much braver than she was last year during hatching season.
You can tell that Anjolina is a girl
and Alex the Great is a boy because
of the two black wing spots on the underwings of a male monarch. (This was very lucky, since the kids named them from the time they hatched.)
Mark was very proud to take Alex the Great outside to be released. Alex the Great was very happy to pose for a few minutes so that everyone could say goodbye.
And then, up, up, up he flew. We spotted him for the last time at the tippy top of a tree in the field next to our yard.
Have a happy life Alex, we wish you good luck. We hope you will migrate to Mexico and then come back again next year.