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Old Jul 11, 2007, 9:22 PM   #1
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The second crop of Monarch caterpillars have begun their transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis. This transforming caterpillar was found on a chain-link fence Monday night, and shed the larvalskin on Tuesday. Pictures 2-6 were taken between1232 and 1236 (time elapsed= 4 minutes). Chrysalis formation followed - pictures 7-11were taken between 1243 and 1423 (total time elapsed from 1232 =100 minutes). Picture 12 was taken Wednesday at 1252

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Old Jul 11, 2007, 9:23 PM   #2
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Chrysalis formation:
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Old Jul 26, 2007, 8:28 PM   #3
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The cycle has been completed. See the final stages in the following thread:

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Awesome series penolta. Did you find the monarch caterpiller and bring it home? When I was a kid, I once happened upon a mourning cloak caterpiller and brought it home. I put it in a cardboard box with some branches and it crawled up the branch and formed into a crysalis (?). When it hatched, I let it fly out of my window. I've also done the same thing for a silkworms during elementary school. Simply fascinating! Great pics btw.

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Old Jul 27, 2007, 5:19 PM   #5
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Thanks, Hung. Nothing manipulated - just as it happened in my back yard.
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There is now a Part III -- Starting Over

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There is now a Part III -- Starting Over

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