The big, fat, hungry caterpillars

Over the last few weeks we've been keeping an eye on the activity on the rose plant.

Over the last few weeks we’ve been keeping a very close eye on the activity on the rose plant.

The caterpillars have been very hungry.

The caterpillars have been very hungry.

Then hang upside down in a J shape just before it turns into a chrysalis.

Then hang upside down in a J shape just before it turns into a chrysalis.

We watched the larval skin be worked up from the caterpillars head to where his hind legs are hanging on to the plant.  It only took a few minutes and was amazing to watch.

We watched the larval skin be worked up from the hanging caterpillar’s head to where his hind legs are holding onto the plant. It was amazing to watch.  He wriggled from a J shape to a chyrsalis in only a few minutes.

When we went back the next day the chrysalis had changed shape and had gold dots on it like this.  We had 6 chrysalis'.

When we went back the next day the chrysalis had changed shape and had gold dots on it like this. We had 6 chrysalis’.

It was exciting when they turned black and we could see the butterfly wings.  We didn't manage to get any photos of the butterflys but we did see them!

It was exciting when they turned black and we could see the butterfly wing pattern emerging.

Two so far have turned into butterlies but then they get a bit camera shy!

Two so far have come out but the butterflies get a bit camera shy!

By Ana.

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4 Responses to “The big, fat, hungry caterpillars”

  1. Bree at meandmy2guys Says:

    Such a beautiful thing to see!

  2. John Faris Says:

    Magic to be able to see this. Aren’t monarch butterflies (and little Atalas) beautiful.

  3. Iggy Says:

    And later on today we saw a Monarch butterfly! We hope that it was one of ours’. I think it was.

  4. Abuela Says:

    An expert told us that four successive generations of monarch butterflies north and the fifth generation returns to the swan plant where its family started. I hope you are here in five years’ time to see the great-great grandchildren of our special monarchs from your visit.

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