Butterfly heaven

monarch birth 26 August 2012

monarch birth 26 August 2012

Today my sister’s grandchildren came calling my name, “Aunt Mary Ellen come quick. The butterfly is born.” I could hardly believe it was the  same monarch that was in a chrysalis this past week because it was too early in its development at this stage. Rather it turned out to be another monarch birth.

It took a child with eyes close to the ground to spot the newly emerged butterfly, which was resting on a blade of grass, after it emerged from a clear, see through chrysalis. Welcome to the world dear monarca. The caterpillar created a chrysalis right on a container pot. No one even suspected that there was a chrysalis there.

The other chrysalis we are watching is about ready to emerge. The wings are becoming more visible through the chrysalis as the hours pass by. It should prove interesting tomorrow. Here’s a shot of today’s chrysalis.

monarch chrysalis 26 August 2012


  1. Elizabeth Erickson said,

    August 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful new being, a monarch. Two weeks ago I visited Monarch grove in Pismo Beach, California, where they stop off on their trip north and south. NO butteflies there that day, but perhaps your lovely bird will visit us someday.Just around that same time I discovered I am probably part Ojibwa indian, hallejulah. Bamwa Pe Ninowa (until we meet again) Elizabeth

    • August 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, I do hope you are Ojibwa. I graduated from Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Hayward, WI. Lac Courte Oreilles is a reservation in the Great Lakes region. My Indian name is Memengwaa Ikway (Butterfly woman). This name was given me at a Naming Ceremony. The monarch is a symbol of transformation. There are Indigenous people near the Mexican butterfly sanctuary, who believe that their ancestors return each year when the monarch butterflies return on All Souls Day on November 1. The people go to the cemetery and clean the head stones and bringing their ancestors their favorite food. They spend the night there with candles to be with the ancestors. The butterfly is known to return to Mexican mountains on and near All Souls Day. Be blessed with the wisdom of the ancestors.

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