Surprise!

Monarch butterfly beginning it's emergence from the cocoon. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Surprise! The moment a monarch butterfly begins to emerge from its cocoon. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

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  2. Springlands Primary school, Blenheim. Just 6 or 7 years old. We had great bushes of Swan plants outside the classroom. Room 3. We sat watching every playtime quietly urging them on. Their transformation has always stuck with me. Special times.

    Special photograph.

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    • I’m so glad it brings back happy memories. The only other time I’d seen a monarch emerge was at my mother-in-law’s place. She nurtured swan plants especially for the grandkids to enjoy these moments. 🙂

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  3. It’s just dawning on me now that these butterflies are hatching in your fall. I don’t know anything about butterflies, but I would have thought spring time would be the most logical time.

    This is providing all of us with endless entertainment 🙂

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    • 🙂 Apparently the butterflies that hatch late in summer/autumn will survive over winter and only breed next spring. Those that are born/breed early in the season (spring/early summer) normally live about 6-8 weeks, but the last-born will fly somewhere warm (in NZ) and stay dormant for a few months. Cool huh? This means that our “babies” will hopefully form part of next season’s breeding cycle.

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