Metamorphosis: An Update–Revisited
We were on our way to football practice when my boy saw the milkweed at a stop sign. We looked a little closer–and there it was–a caterpillar. The kids begged to stop and bring him home. We did stop after practice.
We are now official caretakers of not one–but two Monarch caterpillars–one of which is already in its cocoon–and the other is in its J shape and will be in its cocoon later today. I know it is really a chrysalis-but cocoon is easier to type At least I didn’t have to feed them much.
A little tidbit for you. These butterflies will be the fourth generation of the season. They will come out of their cocoon and will migrate to California or Mexico for the winter. They will return to the place of their birth to mate and start the next generation of Monarch butterfies. So–I am wondering–Do you think I messed them up because I removed them from the place of their birth to 7 miles down the road and put them in a jar? I’m not sure we will ever know.
I did my job. I am satisfied. I will no longer pine after the illustrious Monarch Butterfly offspring. Because now my children will. It has been passed on.