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The second of two Monarch butterflies emerged from its chrysalis yesterday afternoon in the children's room. It emerged when one of the librarians stepped away to display more new books. When she returned, the butterfly was hanging from the open shell of the chrysalis where it had spent the last eleven days metamorphasizing. The chrysalis had been hanging in the jar since changing from a caterpillar into a chrysalis. In this picture of the chrysalis only a few hours before emergence, you can see the black and orange wings through the clear chrysalis walls.
Now that it's a butterfly, it's using the sun to stay warm and looking for food. Come to the children's room or any of the library branches and tell us what you're interested in. We're happy to help you find out more about it - whatever it is.
The Last Butterfly Post
This morning at Family Storytime, we made birthday cakes and even met the Very Hungry Caterpillar who surprised us with a visit! It was a good day for happy birthday stories because the first of our Children’s Room Monarchs emerged as a butterfly just before 10 am. At first, the butterfly’s wings were all wrinkled up. I guess anyone’s wings would be a little crumpled if they had been stuffed in a little bundle like that when they formed. It’s amazing that they formed all crumpled up in the chrysalis and then, after drying for almost three hours, were ready for use.
At Family Storytime in August, we’ve been reading the Very Hungry Caterpillar and following our real-life Monarch friends. Take a look at programs for children coming up in the fall. Some programs require registration. You can register for September registered programs online or you can stop in or call the library.
Happy Birthday Butterfly!
“He built a small house, called a (chrysalis) around himself” - in space? The Monarchs in the Children’s Room are no longer in the caterpillar stage. Each has now gone through a final molt and is now a chrysalis. One should emerge as a butterfly next week and the other a few days later.
Did you know that butterflies can go through their life cycle in a nearly weightless environment? I didn’t know until a patron told me about an experiment in which Painted Lady caterpillars were brought to the International Space Station and successfully went through metamorphosis. The experiment has been repeated with Monarch butterflies in space. I'm always amazed by what I learn when I visit the library. If you're curious about emerging butterflies, emerging space technology, or anything else for that matter, come visit.
The YouTube video below is pretty amazing. You can see what it looks like when a Monarch caterpillar changes from caterpillar to chrysalis - right here on Earth.
Very Hungry Caterpillars Part Three
" ... he wasn't a little caterpillar any more. He was a big fat caterpillar." The Monarch caterpillars in the Children's Room started out small but after lots of milkweed leaves - it's what's for dinner, and breakfast and lunch - they really are big.
This morning, one of the caterpillars was suspended with a silky tether. This afternoon, the caterpillar molted one last time and is now a fresh chrysalis. The amazing thing is how fast the caterpillar molted. Wriggling away hanging from its silky thread, it took less then half an hour to go from stripy to leafy green little bundle. The chrysalis will hang out for the next few weeks before it emerges as a butterfly.
For now, the other younger caterpillar continues to be very hungry. It won't be long before it, too, goes all chrysalis on us. Stop in to check on these little bundles of nature whenever you'd like.
Very Hungry Caterpillars Part Two
Two very hungry Monarch caterpillars visited the Children’s Room at Family Storytime on Monday morning. We also got to see this Monarch chrysalis bivouacked out beneath an aloe plant, of all things. Soon a butterfly will emerge from the chrysalis. Can you spy the chrysalis hanging with its golden dots?
If you stop by the Children’s Room soon, you might be able to see a very hungry caterpillar eating milkweed leaves on its way to becoming a chrysalis and, eventually, a Monarch butterfly. And if you see my butterfly gardener mother, tell her thanks for supplying us with these amazing creatures! Family Storytime continues Monday mornings at the Children’s Room.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar