Life Continues

Today’s post features a couple of Monarch butterfly chrysallises that have been busy transforming into beautiful Monarch butterflies, in my Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) garage. These photos were captured shortly before the adult Monarch eclosed from the chrysallis (in the first image, note you can start to see the patterned orange/black wings, through the chrysallis skin):

Monarch butterfly chrysallis

A little “younger” chrysallis:

Monarch butterfly chrysallis

Monarchs have been a busy part of my recent life. I ended up with 5 chrysallises, and I was able to set up a camera in the garage and photographed them throughout their development. The status? Well, 2 Monarchs have been released so far, and a third one will be released later today, once it gets it’s “wings”.

Stay tuned for more images and, hopefully, a time-lapse video I’m working on!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/16 to f/32
  • Shutter Speed variable



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