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Monarch Emerged


Posted by Cynthia Crawford on Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:10 am

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I see Rachel has posted the next stage of a Monarch's emergence from it's chrysalis, so this is a few moments after her picture , when the butterfly has an enormous body and tiny wings. It will pump up the wings with huge contractions of the body while hanging on for dear life, literally, to it's shell. If it falls it could be fatal to the soft new body and wings. Please view uncompressed.
Will post a video shortly.
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by Craig Lipski on Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:39 pm
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So cool - love your explanation - probably never would have never noticed the engorged abdomen.
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by Cynthia Crawford on Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:28 pm
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Craig Lipski wrote:
So cool - love your explanation - probably never would have never noticed the engorged abdomen.

Thanks Craig. Here's the video-you can see her pumping up her wings:

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by rhighercat on Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:44 pm
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Amazing video. Metamorphosis is hard work. Thanks for the education. Nice image too.
 

by ChrisRoss on Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:30 am
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Nice work Cynthia, I guess the fluid to pump up the wings has to come from somewhere!
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by david fletcher on Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:00 pm
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Brilliant work Cindy. A pleasure to view
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by Ron Day on Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:52 pm
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Very cool, Cindy. Excellent macro image.
 

by Tom Whelan on Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:18 pm
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Lovely capture of the moment before the butterfly pumps its wings - beautiful colors.
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by Carol Clarke on Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:41 am
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A great series of images following this development, and the videos are fascinating to watch, Cindy. Brilliant job recording all this and very enoyable to view. Well done!

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