Monarch Caterpillar and Pupa Danaus plexippus

Monarch butterfly egg
Monarch butterfly egg
Monarch butterfly egg on milkweed stem.
Monarch caterpillar on milkweed
Small Monarch caterpillar amongst milkweed flower.
large and tiny Monarch caterpillars
Tiny Monarch hatchling (bottom left) and full-sized caterpillar.
Monarch caterpillar
Monarch caterpillar
Monarch caterpillars depend on Milkweed, their only host plant, for food and the poison that makes them taste bad to predators.
Monarch caterpillar Fully grown caterpillar looking for safe place to pupate
Monarch caterpillar Monarch caterpillar climbs rose bud
Monarch caterpillar in rose Monarch caterpillar falls into rose
Monarch caterpillar in rose Caterpillar rose up.
Monarch caterpillar and pupa On a rose leaf near where another is already in a chrysalis.
Monarch caterpillar pupating Preparing to pupate.
Monarch caterpillar pupating
Monarch caterpillar pupating
The caterpillar attaches itself with strong silk to the underside of leaf or stem and hangs in pre-pupa mode.
Monarch caterpillar pupating
Pupating.
Monarch pupa
Monarch caterpillar pupating
Monarch pupa
Shedding the caterpillar skin.
Monarch chrysalis The chrysalis starts as a gem with gold and green bands.
Monarch chrysalis The hard, polished chrysalis has small gold studs like a jewel.
Monarch chrysalis The butterfly's wing shape and veins can already be seen.
Monarch chrysalis The chrysalis appears to change colour as the butterfly darkens.
Monarch butterfly emerging from chrysalis Eventually the Monarch emerges
Monarch emerging from chrysalis with very crumpled wings.
newly-emerged Monarch butterfly
newly-emerged Monarch butterfly
As the newly-emerged butterfly clings to its chrysalis case for comfort, the body elongates
newly-emerged Monarch butterfly
and the butterfly's wings fill out.