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Old Sep 11, 2007, 11:01 AM   #1
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This sequence documents the actual emergence that was missed during the previously posted Monarch life history sequence

This thread is a continuation of Wrapping It Up Part III:

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


1) Shortly before emergence the camouflaged chrysalis turns clear and shows the dark butterfly within.


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2) Note the white area on the left of the chrysalis - it is the first part to open. The next splits occur along the margins of the wing pads, and the nascent butterfly drops out.
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3) Fluid to pump up the wings is stored inthe abdomen. Note how it changes shape as the wings extend.
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4) Finally the wings reach maximum extension, and the butterfly will hang there until they harden. Then it will fly off.
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That's an excellent series Penolta, well captured. Is that a monarch Butterfly ?. ... Jack
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Old Sep 11, 2007, 1:23 PM   #6
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Wonderful series. Should be in a biology text book!

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Old Sep 11, 2007, 1:47 PM   #7
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Just my thought when I saw it. Pretty unique, haven't seen anything like that before (and I've got quite a few books on nature). I'm very grateful that you took the time and effort to offer us this, Penolta.

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Old Sep 11, 2007, 1:49 PM   #8
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Thanks Jack, Dawg and Kjell.

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That's an excellent series Penolta, well captured. Is that a monarch Butterfly ?. ... Jack
Yes. It is now a four part series. If you missed it, the links are as follows (although each part contains the link to the next):

Part I is here:

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

Part II is here:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...778684#p778684

And Part III is here:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=80
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WOW !, Brilliant. ... Thanks for the links, I hadn't seen those before ... will pass those on to my daughters who I know will enjoy them. The monarch isn't native to the UK, I've only seen pictures of them or documentaries on TV ... Jack.
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Penolta, those are excellent. First time I have actually seen the real thing. Well done!

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