I've been having a wonderful summer crafting, going to friends' cottages, shopping for a new bathroom, etc. I haven't really been keeping up with my blogging.
While I was away on the weekend, 2 monarchs eclosed and were released and two others (a male and a female) yesterday. They usually emerge from the chrysalis in the morning so I often discover a new adult when I make it down to the kitchen for breakfast.
This morning a male had eclosed. In this photo, the empty chrysalis cases are visible. If they are near others, I leave them there, otherwise when I peel one off the ceiling of the caterpillar castle, any others nearby will peel off too as their fibres are spread over each other. There is no harm leaving them this way. If I peel one off by mistake, I just take a needle and thread and stitch it (through the fibres at the top of the chrysalis only) to the top of the enclosure. The stitches are easily snipped out later on.