As a follow up to a post from last week, our own Rex McDaniel made a video of the last stages of a monarch butterfly caterpillar shedding its larval skin before hardening into a protective chrysalis. Conveniently, it had chosen a park bench in the plaza at Ijams to re-invent itself.
The caterpillar inside will metamorphose into an adult butterfly, which, depending what source you consult, only takes 9 to 14 days.
We'll keep you posted. For the backstory go to: monarch. - slb