Thanks to Julie McCall, who discovered a Monarch caterpillar on a blade of tall grass at the Celery Farm, a few of us have been monitoring a Monarch butterfly chrysalis there since late August.
On Sunday, the Monarch hatched -- I missed the butterfly leaving the chrysalis by a minute or two, but I hung around for a half-hour while it dried its wings.
Eventually, it climbed onto the chrysalis, above.
When I returned today, I did not see any Monarchs. It appeared as though someone left out some water or sugar water out for the newbie. Very sweet of them.
I will try to post a few more pix, including some by Julie, later this week. (Thanks, Julie!)