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Old Jul 26, 2007, 9:01 PM   #1
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This thread is a continuation of Part I, "Wrapping it up":

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=80

After two weeks, the final act began - the chrysalis was still green the night before, but the orange wings could just be made out. Overnight the following change took place, and we followed it for a couple of hours, checking every few minutes:
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Old Jul 26, 2007, 9:03 PM   #2
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As luck would have it, the emergence took place very quickly during a moment of inattention; the new hatch is a male, as evidenced by the black spot on each of the hind wings. He "hung out" for a couple of hours while his wings hardened, then climbed up to a suitable takeoff point, spread his wings,and took off for parts unknown:
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Old Jul 26, 2007, 9:05 PM   #3
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Other siblings were emerging from hidden places. Here are a couple of new "hatches", both females:
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And future generations are assured. Here is a female (not of this batch) laying an egg on a milkweed leaf:
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Old Jul 26, 2007, 10:09 PM   #5
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Absolutely stunning!..(I am at a loss for other words!!)
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Old Jul 26, 2007, 10:11 PM   #6
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Hi penolta,

WOW!

For some reason I didn't expect this to happen so quickly -- shows what I know!

I also didn't know that the chrysalis became clear so quickly before the emergence -- and I didn't realize that multiple generations were born during one season. . .

Too bad you couldn't get stages of the emergence, but I guess that happened rather quickly also. . .

Great series, and a good educational experience for me -- obviously! :-)


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TOTALLY WACKY roger

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Old Jul 26, 2007, 11:21 PM   #8
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Really awesome! And now I know how to tell a male from a female Monarch (didn't know that before). What a wonderful series.
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Wow, what a great series, very
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The best I can say is THANKS! for posting these.

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