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    cyclopse Soon to be Monarch Butterfly :)

    I found this caterpillar on one of my bushes and I thought I'd keep him so I can see how it'll turn into a butterfly. It made it's chrysalis either last night or this morning. So in 12-14 days, I'll have a Monarch

    Here is the caterpillar



    And here is what he is now




    It decided to make it's chrysalis on the lid of the container I have it in, instead of the twigs I put in there for it.

    I'd like to watch it emerge from the chrysalis, but knowing my luck, I'll miss it.
    Great Googly Moogly!

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    That's cool. Honestly, I couldn't stand having one of those in my house, but pictures are still cool too look at.
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    very nice. its actually not a monarch but a closely related species called the queen (Danaus gilippus). I cant wait to find some monachs to raise where I live (we have no queens here)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_(butterfly)
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    Wow this brings back memories...When I was around six I watched hundreds of Monarch's "grow up", your lucky though I never got to see a Queen caterpillar.

    btw The chrysalis will turn almost completely black before the butterfly emerges.
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    be sure to check on it everyday!

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    We've got tons of the true Monarchs here in MN. I hear the Monarchs eat Milkweed plants and there's more than enough of that here.

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    Finch, thanks for telling me that it wasn't a Monarch. When I was looking at caterpillar pictures, it resembled a Monarch, but not exactly, but I didn't see the Queen one. This one will come out of it's chrysalis in 7-10, instead of 12-14. Good thing you told me what it was, because I was going to start watching it in 12 days and I would have missed it! Geckoman, yeah I saw that in a picture and I'm glad I did, otherwise I would have thought it was dead or something. I'm going to try to film it emerging, or at least take pics if I can. I'll update this thread when that happens
    Great Googly Moogly!

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    soon i need to check our milkweed we put in to attract the caterpillars... but when the butterfly bush blooms itll work

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