First to Hatch

Newly hatched Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

I was heading out the door for work but thought I’d check on my nursery… glad I did!

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77 Responses to First to Hatch

  1. shoreacres says:

    Clearly, I’m not yet entirely with the monarch world. When I read your title, the first thing that came to mind was chickens. But this is just as good — maybe better! It’s great that you found it.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I took the jar outside with a stem of goldenrod stuck in as a ‘ladder’ and first meal. She was gone when I got back home, off to Mexico!
      Are you feeling the effects of the storms Marco or Laura or are you far enough away?

      • shoreacres says:

        Marco’s disintegrating as we speak and isn’t an issue. Laura is still on the way, and we’re going to feel the effects of that one. Your storm Francis, I read, had winds of about 80mph — Laura’s predicting to hit 110-115. This is one of those times when we hope the forecasters are wrong. The more wrong, the better!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Yikes… I hope they are wrong, too. Stay safe!

  2. Now, that’s exciting, and even better than chickens. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. ke01341 says:

    I used to hatch monarchs with my students when I worked in public school, they absolutely loved it.

  4. Always so beautiful and miraculous.

  5. Here’s hoping she makes it to Mexico!

  6. zinderellie says:

    Beautiful new Monarch butterfly! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. krispeterson100 says:

    Timing is everything. Congratulations!

  8. Jewels says:

    Hello lovely! Welcome to your new life as a butterfly! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฆ‹

  9. Anne says:

    I am glad you checked in on your way out! Thank you for sharing this delightful moment.

  10. Karen Lang says:

    Beautiful ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹

  11. Alice says:

    Congratulations, Eliza. A female was already fully eclosed, this morning, when I came downstairs at 7:20. At least 2 more today. They are so beautiful.

  12. Very Nice Eliza! Great to see the Monarch hatch!

  13. Cathy says:

    Hey, congratulations!

  14. My garden is ready and waiting with Butterfly Weed and loads of flowers for the Monarchs’ arrival.

  15. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    What a wonderful moment Eliza, thank you so much for sharing! xxx

  16. Irene says:

    Amazing! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’™

  17. naturebackin says:

    Lovely to see – and record with the camera. The emergence of a butterfly from the cocoon always seems so miraculous.

  18. How wonderful and with your amazing gardens I bet she could not believe what a beautiful little world she emerged in.๐Ÿ™‚

  19. So incredibly beautiful!

  20. Happy monarch to you. They’ll migrate through Texas in the fall.

  21. Widdershins says:

    Hello, beautiful.

  22. Glad you did too! How wonderful.

  23. Jet Eliot says:

    What a very exciting moment to witness, Eliza. I’m glad you checked before you went out the door, too. And how marvelous to have another butterfly emerging into the world….

  24. maryjane678 says:

    Stunning. And what a coincidence because I was in butterfly garden in Luxembourg yesterday! We’re back out on the water for a week or two – butterfly pics on new blog tomorrow.

  25. OH WOW!!! What a miracle, Eliza!! xo

  26. How exciting! Any more to come?

  27. Tony Payne says:

    Wow lovely photo. We have had a lot of butterflies in our garden this summer, but I have never seen one hatch. I’m not sure if it was the wonderful weather this summer or the fact that we had more flowering plants to attract the insects, but we have been very lucky when it comes to butterflies and bees.

  28. With all the larvae I’ve had in the yard, not a single chrysalis have I found. Lucky you.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      #4 hatched out today, I put it out under the shelter of the porch, where it hung for most of the day. By late afternoon it was gone. Such lovely creatures.

  29. bittster says:

    Nice to see! I didn’t raise any this summer. Last year I lost them all to a parasitic fly infestation so that was a bummer, but maybe 2021 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Frank. Even though the adults are toxic, the larva aren’t so much, so need a little help to make their way in the world. Sad about the flies killing your hatch. I didn’t find all that many in my patch this year, but saved what I could find. Last year, I didn’t take in any, and missed the process.

  30. Amazing … congratulations!

  31. Maria says:

    This is amazing! What a lovely surprise!

  32. Yay! Fabulous to see, Eliza!

  33. Thats so stunning Eliza. Glad you saw it.

  34. Beautiful image and great timing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Myself, wife and kids are all behind butterflies now a days, capturing photos and learning more about their life cycle.

    We are now observing a pupa which was formed two days back and waiting to see the hatching process.

    Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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