my life in the land down under

Last of the Season

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This was probably the last monarch we will see this season: it emerged from its chrysalis on 15th July and we released it from our back yard a couple of days later.

I say ‘probably’ because we still have one chrysalis inside, and one caterpillar outside on a swan plant. The chrysalis seems to be well-formed but is very small. The caterpillar is only medium-sized and doesn’t appear to be progressing – its not eating and has stayed pretty much in the same place for several days. We will wait to see how they do.

We have had some nice sunny days with low overnight temps recently, followed by some extremely wet weather. We were glad to wake up this morning and find the rain had stopped!

Monarch female

Monarch female, preparing for flight


Author: Janice

Married to a very lucky man (he sometimes agrees), I'm learning to be a better wife, homemaker, & step-mum to two adult children and their other halves. I enjoy thinking, writing, nature, travelling, reading, photography and other creative pursuits, and spending time with friends & family (not necessarily in that order). I work part-time with children & their families. I have too much stuff (working on that) and am not a morning person... that about covers it for now.

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