That’s right, the Monarch Butterflies have arrived! Having completed their first arduous migration from warm Mexico to chilly New Hampshire, they lay eggs; then numerous caterpillars on milkweed plants grew steadily to a plump white-yellow-black. Recently, most have crawled away to a safer location to undergo their last molt into a chrysalis. In less than ten minutes, a colorful larva transforms into a smooth green hanging tube with intricate gold calligraphy decorations. It is just like a magic trick – and only the magician knows the secret.
Stay tuned for Magic Act Number Two, when fresh butterflies will catch a breeze right back to Mexico.