Beautiful Video of Monarch Emerging from Chrysalis.

You may remember Liberace.

Colourful, vibrant and vivacious.  My caterpillar, Liberace.

A couple of weeks ago I showed you a video of Liberace as he was just hatching out of his shell.  After a few weeks of eating, growing, eating growing, pooping, eating and growing, Liberace cloaked himself in a glittery chrysalis.




And a few days ago, he emerged.  And I happened to catch it all on video.

And by “happened to catch” I mean I woke up early on the morning I knew it was going to emerge and sat beside the chrysallis for 6 hours until it happened.

Yeah he was late, and the opening act of a fly crawling across the counter was kindda lame, but when he finally came out, Liberace put on a spectacular show.



Nature. Gotta love it. It’s a complete freak show.

Learn more about Monarchs at The Monarch Project.



  1. Deb says:

    So beautiful! Thank you for capturing video and sharing it with us. I have swamp milkweed and am growing a bigger stand of it each year. We do see monarchs but I haven’t looked for eggs.

  2. Jacqueline says:

    What a beautiful moment to capture on camera, and a beautiful song choice to accompany it…

  3. Candy says:

    Karen, What plant did you release your Monarch on? We have 5 who are “hybernating” right now, and I don’t quite recognize the plant in your video. Is that parsley? I went and bought “attracts butterflies” plants (according to the nursery, Mums will work) but I wasn’t sure if maybe I should use something else. Thanks!!

  4. Jess says:

    This is an awesome post! My husband and I are planing a total makeover of our garden next summer, adding more perennials and bushes that will help not only more butterflies but also bees. You’re totally inspiring♥ Thank you for sharing and helping

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