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, preparing for flight