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Exactly ten days after my large caterpillar went into his chrysalis, it went clear and you could see the wing patterns clearly.

I wasn’t sure when it would emerge and ended up sketching it to help the time pass.

Chrysalis sketches © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Chrysalis sketches
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Seven hours into my vigil, I decided to let the dog out, quickly, and came back two minutes later to see the monarch hanging from the skin of the chrysalis.  I think he was just waiting for me to leave!  I scrambled to get some video and pictures, and while not perfect, they do give some of the wonder of the process.  Enjoy!