Chrysalis Day 11

Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis Day 11

Note the symmetry of the gold (secretions) and clear (water?) beads. Can you see the water droplets where it looks like the eyes might be forming?

The miracle of life! The joys of a close up camera lens… I found these bugs on the glass door to my office on June 26, 2011. So we are pretty seasonal here.

Who knows what these bugs are? But they are doing what they were made to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail of the loving couple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EIGHT HOURS LATER, they were still on the door, but had apparently had enough of such intimacy.

Enough is enough!

 

 

 

 

 

2011 was a good year for bugs on my office door. I named this on “linoleum bug” since it’s pattern reminded me of said floor covering. Look at the shape of the head. Compare to what is visible toward the downward hanging end of the monarch chrysalis. Maybe two the gold spots are for antennae.

Head Shot: We think of beetles as hard shelled, and this kindof looked like some sort of beetle to me, but the color patches look more like feathers from up close. Note the blue rim at its “neck.”

 

 

 

 

 

Sroll down to the next post to see more views of the Monarch chrysalis.

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Shona

Engineering consultant by day, science fiction writer in off hours.

One thought on “Chrysalis Day 11”

  1. Beautiful running commentary of monarch development! For those of us lacking our own to follow, it’s wonderful to follow with you! New additions of screen bugs-quirky little critters aren’t they!

    You’re right about the feathering effect on the colorful beetle type bug-maybe that’s to deflect birds from eating?!

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