2014.08.03 -- CHRYSALIS

chrysalis

Kelly was trimming back the squash vines today.  Luckily, I saw this hanging off a leaf as I was collecting the clippings for the chickens...  It's less than an inch tall.  It's the chrysalis of a Monarch butterfly.  When the caterpillar is ready, it turns into this, and reforms into a butterfly inside.  After 10-14 days, it will emerge.  I cut a strip an inch wide from the leaf, put it in a blueberry pint container, and have it sitting on a shelf.