We’ve got a house to clean, an RV to organize, and a route to plan. But we’re all over here oohing and aahing because our chrysalides finally turned into beautiful 🦋🦋🦋 and that’s worth pausing for a hot second. #livingtheclassclife
Currently have these fellas living in my kitchen, much to the delight of my toddler 🐛🐛🐛
Went to look at them outside the other morning and went straight into a scene out of a horror movie, wasp half buried in my poor caterpillars insides... you get the picture 😨😨
So I immediately cut some branches and collected the survivors and took them inside to safety. Haven't quite decided yet whether to grow these ones to their butterfly stage or set them up outside. Though Nathi would enjoy watching their progress every day.🦋🦋🦋
In the meantime though I need to source some old net curtains or mozzie netting to throw over my swampland outside I think. We have so many wasps outside and not yet enough deterring plants to keep them at bay.🦋🦋🦋
Monarch Caterpillar (Danaus plexippus)🐛
The monarch is one of the most well known and recognizable North American butterflies. Its bright orange color, migration to and from Mexico, and reliance on milkweed are all basically common knowledge. But maybe less well-known are the caterpillars, which are beautiful in their own right. After they hatch from their eggs, their main goal in life is to eat and not get eaten. Milkweed helps with both of these goals. The caterpillars eat the leaves, and at the same time gain toxicity from the cardenolides in the plant. The yellow and black markings (like the orange coloration in the adults) serve as a warning to predators that they taste unpleasant and will make them sick. After gaining enough mass, the caterpillar builds a chrysalis around itself and transforms into the adult butterfly form, which then continues on its migratory way, stopping to lay eggs and begin the cycle anew.
URGENT🚫 Good evening IG friends! There is a #milkweedemergency in South Florida. If anyone can adopt some caterpillars or has spare milkweed please contact @domino_effect_of_life , she ran out of milkweed!
"We almost have too much room in this wash area" says Esther.🤣😅👍prepin, serving, washing, setting🙌 w Frank, Chad, Esther, Betsy, Lora, n more😁.... LOVE for the Caterpillars & Jesus🙏❤soon we get to worship Him with words again👍🙌 #jesus#crysalis#agape#caterpillars#flight61#emaus#serve
I put 3 very large cuttings in here 2 days ago.... I’ve just bought them a whole new plant and refreshed their cuttings so they don’t have to share or be as crowded. 11 of the 15 caterpillars are in this picture and to me it’s insane how large they get and how quickly it happens 🤯 I’ve had to buy a new milkweed plant that’s actually a different variety from the one they’re used to, so I hope they’re doing okay 😬