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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.

The desert milkweed is starting to bloom, which brings the queen butterflies.

Scientists have speculated that the fancy patterns on the edges of butterfly wings may look like caterpillars. What do you think? (The idea is that birds will peck at the edges of the wings, allowing the butterfly to escape.)