I didn't get many pictures today. It was so hot outside and pretty windy. Not many bugs flying around in my yard. I did get one shot of a cabbage white but I thought I'd show you these guys and girls instead.
There are 27 chrysalis' on this screen top to my aquarium, 15 of them are from the "Party on the Milkweed" photo a few days ago. They will all come camping with me next week. I left 4 others at work for my supervisor, Laureen, to take home so her kids can set them free. I have 4 more that I am pretty sure will emerge before I leave for our camping trip.
The outside of the chrysalis is clear and the green color comes from the "pupa" inside. As the pupa changes from the body parts of a caterpillar into the body parts of a butterfly, you can see a color change inside the chrysalis. When it's almost ready to emerge, the chrysalis color will turn brown, yellow and orange so that you can tell there is a Monarch inside. They remain in their chrysalis anywhere from 7-10 days. Temperature has a lot to do with it because the ones I have at home emerge way faster than the ones at work where there is air conditioning.
I think the Monarch chrysalis is one of the most beautiful looking things in nature. It is jade and emerald green with glittering gold and black dots. A Monarch chrysalis is likened to an emerald jewel, but biologists are unsure about the function of its gold dots.