Well, I probably should have stayed up last night, because when I woke up this morning, there was a gorgeous monarch butterfly where the chrysalis used to be.
He was still drying his wings, so I was still able to get some good shots.
Another way to tell if a monarch is a boy or girl is to look for spots on the inside of the lower wings. Mine obviously doesn’t have them because she’s a girl (even though I keep calling her ‘him’).
I let her go on a flower so she could finish drying her wings (and so I could shoot some more pictures!)
If you look closely, you can see the scales on the wings! (or at least you could in the full-size picture)
Be free little butterfly, it’s been fun shooting you!