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.
Thank you for spending another moment in the gardens!