Here she is, clinging to the shell of the cocoon. Look how enlarged her thorax is. It's still amazing to me how the butterfly can grow this large inside of that tiny chrysalis.
Her wings were all crinkled up.
She hung from the mesh roof of the monarch ranch for a couple of hours while she pumped fluid into the veins of her wings to help them expand and grow strong enough for flying.
I released her shortly after 2:00 yesterday afternoon, into Monarch Waystation #1515 (which now bears "official" signage).
(Here's what the sign says)
And lest you think I have become totally obsessed with monarchs or that the Monarch Waystation is only for monarch butterflies, here are some pictures of a few other butterflies visiting the Monarch Waystation this afternoon.
Eastern Tailed Blue (Male)