A Life Cut Short

I had just finished my work in the lower gardens and began walking toward the house when something caught my eye.  It was hanging off the cement deer that was a gift from a neighbor and yes, I have a cement deer! (This photo was taken the following day after the caterpillar had begun to pupate.)

Upon closer examination I discovered I happened upon a Monarch caterpillar in its early stage of transformation.

In the few moments I spent taking photos I could see subtle changes.

I made a promise to observe the metamorphosis  of this gentle creature. By the following day she had already shed her skin and  changed into her chrysalis stage.

Eight days later I observed the subtle changes of color as the wings began to develop.

But there appeared to be something more.

Four days later I discovered there would be no butterfly emerging from this chrysalis.

Even in her short life she was a beautiful magical creature.  I am fortunate her relatives grace the gardens!

Thank you for spending another moment in the gardens!

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