Often when a caterpillar is ready to pupate, it crawls away from the host plant where it was feeding. That hiding behavior may make finding the chrysalis and adult butterfly more difficult.
In this case, however, the queen caterpillar formed a chrysalis right on the plant it was feeding on, a rush milkweed. Do you see the remains of the chrysalis?
There’s a freshly-emerged queen butterfly right in the open for all to see.
Have you ever found a newly-emerged butterfly drying its wings?
One of the queen caterpillars from two weeks ago formed a chrysalis.
After being beige for about two weeks, the chrysalis turned black.
We could see the pattern of the wings inside. Later in the afternoon:
We took it outside to finish pumping up its wings.
Is there anything more beautiful than a freshly emerged butterfly?
Wishing you all the best.