At The River And First Monarch Butterfly Release

The action was slow at the river this morning. Did get a few shots of the two Peregrine Falcons that are working the area below Kentucky Dam. An immature female and a mature male.

My “Little Woman” released the first Monarch Butterfly she raised yesterday also. A few macro pics of the tiny egg. The caterpillar emerging from the egg and eating the egg shell. The caterpillar will go steadily and go in to a chrysalis stage. Missed the butterfly emerging from the chrysalis yesterday morning. It was already out when we first saw it…

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4 Responses to At The River And First Monarch Butterfly Release

  1. That’s an amazing look at the life of a monarch butterfly. Great macros!

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      It is amazing. I should have used a grain of rice for size comparison of the caterpillar emerging and eating egg. It was smaller than a grain of rice. Thank You…

  2. Ellen Bunnell says:

    Monarch life cycle is really nice to have. The dime shows it as much smaller than I would have expected. Interesting. Some how the peregrine falcon looks majestic in these photos. Maybe ‘proud’ is the word. Either way they are detail perfect.

    • Jim says:

      Ellen Bunnell,
      The egg and emerging caterpillar are incredibly tiny, my wife has started using a magnifying glass to identify the eggs in the field. I enjoy watching the peregrines but they are so fast if you glance away and they have left it is hard to see where they went…

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