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Bug of the Week: Queen Butterfly Emerges

There's always something going on on our rush milkweed plants.

We've been watching a chrysalis that's attached to one of the stems. Can you guess what kind of butterfly it belongs to?

This morning it had darkened up and the shape had changed.

Sure enough, a wrinkly butterfly emerged.

 

Can you recognize it now?

On a nearby plant, this female queen butterfly laid eggs for the next generation.

We'll have more to watch next week.

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