In the meantime, we have quite a few butterflies visiting and calling Alta Laguna Park, home. There are many Monarchs floating around. The most I've counted at one time in an area is nine. Good season this year! The butterfly garden looks horrid, but its denizens look none the worse for wear.
Several weeks ago while working in the butterfly garden, I came across a Monarch butterfly chrysalis laying on the ground and not attached to anything. I picked it up, half expecting to see that part of it was discolored; meaning that rot had pretty much settled in from sitting on cold, damp ground. To my delight, the chrysalis had fresh, bright colors throughout, which was a good sign that it was still viable. Beck and Sharon Haywood volunteered to take it home and babysit the thing until it popped out. I didn't want to keep it and have it change over the weekend while I was gone from the park, so Beck took it home in a clear container (Nonni's Biscotti: YUM!) and monitored its progress. Lo and behold, it came out of the Chrysalis that Saturday morning, turning into a beautiful and vibrant adult. They put it in the backyard sans cover so it can flit away. below is a photo they took of it before it split. (Container, absorbent paper and chrysalis courtesy of Le Raconteur des Papillions. Twig graciously donated by the Haywood estate.)