These are pictures of the stages of the Monarch. The first one is a chrysalis we collected on a little tree and brought onto our porch. The next picture is of the adult. We let her go after her wings dried off. There are Monarchs here because we let the milkweed grow, since it is their food source. They are cool, aren’t they?
On a sadder note, Monarchs are in decline. There is discussion now (Feb. 2021) of putting them on the endangered species list. Populations are crashing. Likely this is due to the change in our landscape. At our own farm in Walden we have been planting and encouraging more milkweed to support them.