Now, I'll take you back to yesterday evening and show you what I was going to post last night, but we went down to see Mom & Dad instead and it was pretty late when we got home (because we took the back way to look for deer).
I knew the time for a butterfly was drawing near because you could actually see the color of the wings through the cocoon.
When I got up this morning, the cocoon looked almost black because the butterfly was almost ready to emerge. I was really hoping it would be hatched by the time I got home from work and I wasn't disappointed.
The monarch ranch is pretty busy right now. (Monarch Ranch II came home from the office because one of the women who did a security check on my desk last week got a little freaked out by the jar full of "bugs" sitting on my desk. I thought it would be best to bring it home before she filed some sort of incident report or complained to my supervisor.)
Anyway, the 3 caterpillars from Monarch Ranch II went into Monarch Ranch I, plus I had 5 new eggs hatch last week. My current total of caterpillars is 12, cocoons is 6, and eggs is 2.
And, of course, 1 new Monarch butterfly.
Also this morning, our mailman delivered my Monarch Waystation certificate...I'm number 1515.