Photography: Monarch Caterpillar and Chrysalis

I’ve been so busy lately, and I completely forgot to blog yesterday until the evening, so I’m posting on a Tuesday. (but hey it’s still Monday for my American readers…)

A few days ago Jared noticed that on a swan plant in our driveway there are several caterpillars and chrysalises! I’d seen a few before, but now there are 5 chrysalises and about the same number of caterpillars.

Once some of the butterflies come out of the chrysalises, I’ll try and take some photos if they’ll stay in one spot for a few minutes!

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At my family’s house in the States, I don’t remember ever seeing a monarch caterpillar, but we would get these fuzzy orange and black striped ones. One year, I don’t know what happened, but there were THOUSANDS of them all over! You couldn’t walk across our front deck, or anywhere for that matter, without stepping on a caterpillar or five. No more running around barefoot outside, cause, ew! I think we even found a few in the house.

I try not to think about caterpillars too much, because I *hate* larvae, and worms… not earthworms, but any other kind. Seriously I think I have a phobia because I have had some major freak outs… when I was a kid, my siblings and I liked caterpillars, yet as I grow older and realize that they’re basically maggots for butterflies- EWwwwww yeah I’d rather retain the fuzzy memories from my childhood. And the caterpillars we had then, they didn’t even turn into butterflies. I think they turned into moths.

Anyways, that’s enough of my caterpillar talk. What animal grosses you out? A lot of people hate spiders and snakes, but I actually love snakes- probably because I grew up where we didn’t have any poisonous snakes- and while I don’t like spiders, they don’t terrify me- also probably important to note that we only had a few poisonous spiders where I grew up, the main ones being black widow and brown recluse. I think I saw a black widow spider once, and that’s it. I don’t even know what a brown recluse looks like, now that I think of it. I should probably know that… I don’t like spiders, but they don’t scare me like larvae do. Seriously I’m making myself uncomfortable just talking about them. Gross…

Okay well that would be an odd note to end on, so let’s brighten it up a little. Do you have many butterflies where you live?

2 thoughts on “Photography: Monarch Caterpillar and Chrysalis

  1. viviellevirgule says:

    Here in upstate NY there aren’t really any butterflies yet, but hopefully soon! We had a long winter (snow the last couple of days of April…) so things are kind of delayed!


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