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We had a bumper crop of Monarch Butterflies this summer. However, some of them laid eggs, became caterpillars, then formed their chrysalis’ so late in the season, we knew they wouldn’t survive. They hung for weeks in the weirdest of places, one being the tire of our motorhome. Some were on the garage wall, on the boat, on the overhead garage door, just everywhere. It turns out there were 7 we worried about. So having talked to someone about how to save them so they might have a chance to hatch out, we decided to put these chrysalis’ in a big jar, then we put holes in for air, some dead and green leaves, some grass and twigs to attach the chrysalis’ to. Here is the outcome in a series of shots taken over the course of 4-5 days. I didn’t want to tell the story sooner because I wanted all 7 butterflies to get the attention they deserved for their fight for life. I did the best I could. This was a great experience for me as well, and my little granddaughter loved watching them in the jar. Sorry the photo story is so long. Each title is on the laminate frame.

After 3 days, the first one hatched
First Monarch to be released is the one in the main image

Second butterfly released the same day

You can see three more are ready to go after 4 days in the jar

Numbers 3, 4 & 5 are released

Number 6 released

Number 7 released this morning

Saying Goodbye. This is butterfly #1. It seemed they all had their own personality
All photos taken with Canon EOS 50D; 17-85mm lens
Anola, Manitoba, Canada

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  • Corinne Noon
    Corinne Noonabout 4 years ago

    WOW Super Special Closeup good for you,an instant fave !

  • thank you so much for your quick comment Corinne, really appreciated

    – Vickie Emms

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful!!! Our third graders just let loose 15 monarchs that hatched in our room over the past couple of weeks . . . it was so much fun for the kids to watch each stage of development . . . the kids cheered as we set them free . . . it was wonderful!!! :-)

  • Oh Lori, I am so happy to hear that, isn’t it the greatest feeling. Kids specially love watching this, my little granddaughter came over every day to check the jar,,,,,,,,she loved this.
    I am so happy we saved this lot of 7

    – Vickie Emms

  • Sandy Keeton
    Sandy Keetonabout 4 years ago

    Oh Vickie, what a wonderful project to take on with your little grand daughter:) They are all so beautiful!

  • thank you Sandy, this was such an awesome experiment that worked, I worried a lot about them

    – Vickie Emms

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 4 years ago

    Awesome work Vickie…love the story you tell here in your photos…I recall your love for butterflies…Inst fave BTW!!!!

  • thank you so much my friend, and for the fave, glad you like it, and you sure do recall correctly, my Monarch’s are so special to me

    – Vickie Emms

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...about 4 years ago

    Fantastic photos Sis and a story well told. Congratulations on the success you had. Lucky Monarchs to have you two for protectors. A Fave :>)) Leslie

  • thank you so much sis, you know I have been working on this little venture, so glad you got to see it, thank you too for the fave.
    Big hugs

    – Vickie Emms

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely a fantastic way of helping them. Great work and they are just beautiful!

  • thank you so much Cianna, so glad my little experiment worked.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 4 years ago

    Oh Vickie, this is so wonderful! Congratulations on your success…freedom to fly is such a wonderful thing! Beautifully impacting my friend!

  • thank you so very much for your help doing this Pamela. I have to give you the credit for telling me how to accomplish this remarkable result.

    – Vickie Emms

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations!! You have been featured in the Disability and Beauty group.

    Please stop by the Marvelous and Magnificent Images – Features September 22, 2010 to review feature comments. Thanks!

  • this is fantastic news Cee, thank you ever so much for this honor!

    – Vickie Emms

  • bygeorge
    bygeorgeabout 4 years ago

    This image is so good…

    CONGRATULATIONS – Wonderful shot Vickie

  • thank you so much George for the wonderful comment!
    Oh my I thought it was a comment, but it’s a feature!! Many many thanks George, this is wonderful news!!!

    – Vickie Emms

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful image Vickie :o}

  • thank you so much Bob

    – Vickie Emms

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