The Minor Miracle of Monarch Metamorphosis, Part 3

Continued from Part 2.

As the butterfly within the chrysalis develops, you can see the colors and patterns of the wings right through the surface.

Finally the surface cracks open and the adult butterfly emerges, or ecloses.

As part of their citizen science research, students tag the butterflies before releasing them. I had never seen this done before. They actually attach an adhesive dot labeled with the research program’s contact information directly to the butterfly’s wing.

Then they’re released into the school garden to begin their migration south.  If you find a tagged butterfly in your yard, please report it!

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