A baby is born! The birth of a Monarch

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To be at the birth of a baby is a wondrous occasion for anyone. To be able to watch a butterfly baby being born is something else! Such a teeny little thing is a butterfly's baby…first starting off as a minuscule egg.

After about four days, the little head becomes visible and soon, you can see the larva (caterpillar) begin to make its way out.

Oooh! Here it comes! Slowly, the little one makes its way out of the creamy egg…that dark little spot is the head of the 'baby.' Just like any baby, the head will change dramatically within days.

The little one is almost completely out of that eggshell! The big world is waiting…what's waiting in the world? Let's hope it isn't a Tachinid Fly…

Oh, just a wee bit more…you can do it…you can do it…you can do it!
Hooray! You did it! Completely out! What's next for this little one? What is the first thing on the agenda, now that it is out in the big world? What would YOU do?

Okay, don't laugh…but like all babies, Monarchs are no different. This little one is HUNGRY! Guess what it eats first? Nope, not a leaf…but…the eggshell! Yes, the first thing a caterpillar will do is turn around and eat the chorion or the eggshell. Hmmm…interesting, isn't it?

Now that this is done, it is time to go and search for a nice, green leaf…Milkweed, of course. (Asclepias spp. in the United States or Calotropis if it lives in Hawaii).

How fantastic to be able to watch the baby hatch. If you need to move the little on, please be very careful. Use a super-fine paintbrush to carefully pick up the little one to transfer onto a Milkweed plant.

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