IT'S LIVE! Chrysalis Cam is up and running.
Check back from time to to time to see how our future monarch butterflies are doing.
The life-cycle of the monarch
Monarch butterflies go through four stages during one life cycle, and through four generations in one year. The four stages are the egg, the larvae (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly.
The four generations are actually four different butterflies going through these four stages during one year until it is time to start over again with stage one and generation one.
The latest update from Paula Tutman:
Mother Nature is as cruel as she is beautiful
MONARCH UPDATE! And then there was one. From 3 beautiful, Lima Bean green Monarch butterfly chrysalises to just one…and two that have become a living and real horror movie, courtesy of the Chalcid Wasp. These wasps are crafty and wait for the caterpillar to emerge from the egg. The wasp then immediately stings the caterpillar—injecting its eggs and making the caterpillar an unwilling living incubator for the parasite. Our Monarch Jedi Master, Karen Hofmann has been watching our Chrysalis Cam closely and alerted me early this morning saying, “This is not something you want to see”. She advised me to remove the chrysalis ASAP so that it doesn’t ‘explode’ in a mess of wasp larvae reminiscent of maggots. Ugggg!!! On Jason Carr Live, I carefully removed the chrysalis and noticed the same tell-tale black stripe down the middle of a second of our chrysalises. Double UGGGG! But we are dedicated to nature both beautiful and cruel. We are interested in the process. And so on one side you’ll see our remaining healthy chrysalis, expected to emerge sometime between Sunday July 28th and Monday July 29th. On the other side, a version of the movie, Alien, in which Mother Nature’s cruel trick will reveal itself, as well. Fingers are crossed that our one remaining grand-Monarch will emerge safely for all to see. Keep watching at ClickOnDetroit.com/chrysaliscamPosted by Local 4 Paula Tutman on Friday, July 26, 2019