6 of our Monarchs reached adultood today. That is, they metamorphosed from chrysalis to butterfly. Back on July 1, I started collecting milkweed leaves that had eggs on them. If I had left them on the plant outside to hatch, they'd make tasty snack for the earwigs. That day, the first caterpillar hatched. It was about 3mm long.
One by one, the rest of them hatched. They ate and grew and pooped until they were about 5cm long and then, one by one, they spun silk-like fibres anchoring them in place in preparation for the change from larva to chrysalis.
Yesterday morning, I noticed the first one had come out of its chrysalis. (You can see how low-tech cultivating them is)
Last night I noticed there were several others getting ready to emerge.
This one climbed on my finger when I was trying to transfer it from the lid to the twig.
They grow up so fast...