I found a nice butterfly today in the jungle! I named him Jerry. :)
“Nature’s message was always there and for us to see. It was written on the wings of butterflies.” ~ Kjell B. Sandved
Can’t find the green or orange paint….
When it’s done it’ll have a monarch caterpillar then a chrysalis then a butterfly
And hopefully recognizable milkweed leaves and flowers around the white border…….maybe…..
Or maybe I’ll just pattern the border like a caterpillar because if it’s not obvious I’m trying to teach people what they look like because everyone knows what the butterflies look like and their chrysalis is the stereotypical chrysalis but no one knows what the caterpillars look like!
Here’s some pictures I took last year:
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I always thought these were such magnificent creatures🦋
Spent milkweed pods at the edge of the field. Over the 10+ years that we have lived here I have worked to encourage and cultivate the milkweed. My efforts were rewarded in the past few years with Monarch butterfly caterpillars.
The Monarch Butterfly has received a lot of attention on this blog throughout its run. However, revisiting what’s been posted recently, it’s mostly been Caterpillar pictures and videos. I guess I was so excited by the number of Caterpillars found this year (not to mention the Chrysalids too), that I’ve neglected the “Butterfly” in Monarch Butterfly. As such, we return to form with a showcase of some individuals found in the backyard enjoying a drink from some of our flowers. One of them was very lucky as those small pink-red flowers were starting to fade away having done their seasonal duty. The echinacea flowers usually stay active longer, becoming a hotspot for flying insects to visit and feed on. The individuals on showcase here are males; although the wing veins appeared thickened when viewed from the underside, the dorsal view of the veins are thin. But what gives it away here is that you can see the prominent scent gland on the hindwing. For a better view from the dorsal side, please refer to these posts.
Although these Butterflies will feed on any plant whose nectar they like the taste of (they do have favorites including goldenrod and echinacea), milkweed is the plant they desire most as that is what they feed on as Caterpillars. They are specialists and incorporate the plant’s chemicals into their bodies to become unpalatable to predators. Those chemicals later become incorporated into the gorgeous wings the adults use to fly. The adults also enjoy visiting milkweed flowers to drink from them and to use them as a meeting spot to find other Butterflies. You might even see one fluttering around a tall milkweed stalk, landing in a hard to reach place and placing the abdomen on the leaf. This event is a female laying her eggs to spur the next generation of hungry Caterpillars. I was fortunate enough to see that event for myself and I’ll have those pictures uploaded soon. Promise. Hopefully this year the garden and our neighborhood and the surrounding area sees a great return of the Monarchs come spring-summer. You can bet when the milkweed stalks begin to regrow, the Butterflies aren’t far behind. If you garden can grow, I highly recommend planting a few stalks and taking care of them. Milkweed can draw in a wind variety of insects beyond Butterflies; the most surprising of all being Honeybees, who love the little flowers from a milkweed bloom! Still, no matter which insects call milkweed home, the Monarchs preside as the most royal insects in their county.
Pictures were taken on July 28, 2018 with a Samsung Galaxy S7 and July 29, 2018 with a Samsung Galaxy S4
Current mood ✨
Who can relate?
(Currently don’t have any of these available in the shop, but I’ll be making more when I can! 💖)
Recently redesigned my Miraculous Ladybug Insert Monarch!!
(If you saw her old design…no you didn’t •<•)
Shes..lowkey a comfort oc of mine tbh I had so much fun drawing her quq 💕
If ya wanna know more shes got a toyhouse page!
Her wings actually work, kinda like a fairy •<•
𝘿𝙊 𝙉𝙊𝙏 𝙍𝙀𝙋𝙊𝙎𝙏 𝘾𝙇𝘼𝙄𝙈 𝙊𝙍 𝙏𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙈𝙔 𝘼𝙍𝙏
Raindrops on a monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) chrysalis￼ after a summer storm
Credit: Martin, B., K. 2020
They’re back!! 🥺🐛