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Monarch Butterfly Emerging in Pictures!

I knew our monarch butterfly would be emerging today since he looked like this last night! You can tell because the chrysalis is almost completely clear and you can see the colorful wings through it.

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And this morning it was completely see through and you can see the very swollen, very black butterfly through it.

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Monarch Butterfly Emerging

Remember our monarch butterfly caterpillar we found?

Let the show begin…

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It’s a boy!  See the thick black dots on his back wings? That’s how you can tell the sex of a monarch butterfly.

The kids enjoyed watching this beautiful wonder of nature from the beginning to end.  I am definitely going to have to do this again for the younger ones.  A very memorable experience!

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He is so beautiful and when he first comes out, he is calm enough to rest on your hand for a while as he gets his strength to take his first flight.

His first flight to our neighbors tree!

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I also captured the monarch butterfly emerging in video! I highly recommend checking it out!

If you enjoyed watching the Monarch emerge, you might want to check out these:

Our Monarch Caterpillar Journey

monarch caterpillar journey my little me

We Have a Monarch Chrysallis

Monarch Chrysallis my little me

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51 comments
Melissa M. says September 7, 2011

Pretty stinkin’ cool! Oh the awesome things we can learn through nature.

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Malia @ One2One Network says September 7, 2011

How fun! I <3 monarchs! You're pictures are really, really good, too!

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    Malia @ One2One Network says September 7, 2011

    “your” pictures. ::sigh::
    😉

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Candace says September 7, 2011

That is so beautiful!!

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blueviolet says September 7, 2011

It looked like a beautiful little ornament at first! Really cool shots!

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Stefani says September 7, 2011

What a neat set of pictures you took.

Amazing!

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Jennifer Dickison says September 7, 2011

Thank you all for the kind words!

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Henrietta says September 7, 2011

Wow! Your photos are just stunning! We raised painted lady butterflies last year but they were nothing like this! SO pretty!

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Jen-Eighty MPH Mom says September 7, 2011

How fun to see the progression – and your photos are beautiful!

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Lorie Shewbridge says September 7, 2011

I am in such awe of this post. You actually brought tears to my eyes.
The process is amazing and your photos are just so gorgeous, I had to share it with everyone I knew by tweeting, stumbling and sharing it on my FB page.
Your kids must be thrilled, I know mine would have been when they were little.
Thanks so much for sharing. =)

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    Jennifer Dickison says September 8, 2011

    Thank you for sharing! My kids loved it! And me too… 🙂

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monique says September 7, 2011

That’s neat.

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Tenille says September 7, 2011

You did a great job!

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Carolyn G says September 7, 2011

OMg that is so cool!!

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Sam says September 7, 2011

Great shots! That’s amazing.

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Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy says September 8, 2011

These are just fabulous shots!!!

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Anne - Mommy Has to Work says September 8, 2011

That’s amazing!

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Marianna says September 8, 2011

That is so cool!

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Rebel Chick Jenn says September 8, 2011

These are completely awesome!

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Penelope says September 8, 2011

Oh my goodness, that is surreal! You should enter these in a photo contest, these are INCREDIBLE!!!!!

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    Jennifer Dickison says September 8, 2011

    Thank you!

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Beth says September 8, 2011

That is amazing! Was this a butterfly kit?

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    Jennifer Dickison says September 8, 2011

    No, I found him in my yard.

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Kelly says September 9, 2011

Those are incredible pics!

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Annabella says September 10, 2011

Wow – that is a stunning set of photos capturing such an amazing event. Thanks for sharing this.

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Vaish says September 10, 2011

This is dramatic and fantastic, so far I’ve seen this kinda pics in text books only!

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Nayana says September 10, 2011

How cool, I have never seen how they emerge…great clicks!

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Karin/Southern Meadows says September 10, 2011

Really amazing captures of your butterfly emerging from the chrysalis! It is so exciting to witness the final stage of metamorphosis! Beautiful!

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Margy says September 10, 2011

That is a wonderful series of pictures and experience to share. When I taught school I would catch caterpillars and let the kids watch the transformation of the swallowtail butterfly. It is such a great hands-on learning experience. – Margy

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EG Wow, Canada says September 10, 2011

Excellent series of photos! I have never seen this happen!

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Cheryl says September 10, 2011

This is one of the most fantastic series of photos I’ve ever seen! Beautifully done. Such patience.

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    Jennifer Dickison says September 11, 2011

    Thank you! It didn’t take much patience. It happened in like 3 minutes tops!

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Eileen says September 10, 2011

Cool series on the butterfly emerging. Nicely done!

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Teresa says September 10, 2011

This is an amazing series!

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Whitney says September 10, 2011

That was so neat. Awesome shots and what a great experience for the kids!

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Melissa says September 11, 2011

Incredible! Once in a lifetime experience. Simpy gorgeous.

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    Jennifer Dickison says September 11, 2011

    It has inspired me to plant a butterfly garden for our yard next year. Hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy it every year in our own back yard.

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Annie @ButteryBooks says September 11, 2011

Wow! Truly amazing photos of the monarch butterfly emerging! What patience you have!

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Tatjana Parkacheva says September 11, 2011

BRAVO for this great post and photos.

Regards and best wishes

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Kim @ 2 Kids and a Coupon says September 11, 2011

Very cool. What a need thing for your kids to see close up!

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Alison says September 12, 2011

That is just way too cool!!! Love the photos. It’s something you don’t get to see every day. I think I’m going to have to do this with my boys next year.

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    Jennifer Dickison says September 12, 2011

    I had so many caterpillars that I got to share with my sister and a friend. They are now doing it! And I’m planting some things for butterflys in my yard next spring. I loved it!

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Bobbie says September 13, 2011

This has got to be the NEATEST set of pictures I’ve seen in a LONG time!!

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    Jennifer Dickison says September 14, 2011

    Thank you so much!

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Kristin says September 27, 2011

Wow. Just wow.

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    Jennifer Dickison says September 27, 2011

    Thank you for visiting and your kind words!

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Lorri S says September 30, 2011

Wow, great pics! They are so pretty 🙂

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Whitney @ It's Gravy, Baby! says June 6, 2013

That is awesome! Love those shots.

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Tiff @ Babes and Kids says June 8, 2013

THOSE are incredible shots!!!

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Mama Carmody says May 2, 2014

I learned something new from you. Although I have raised several monarchs, I had never learned how to tell the males from the females. Thanks for the additional information.

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    Jennifer Dickison says May 5, 2014

    You are welcome. I learned from the great google because my kids kept asking if it was a boy or girl.

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