And how does one tell that hatching is immanent? The chrysalises look like this:
I pulled off the top with a flourish. And the butterflies just sat there. Hunh. I guess it was early, and still a little chilly. So I waited, and carefully picked up some of them and put them on the zexmenia flowers. Most hung out for a little bit before flying up to sun themselves on the red tipped photinia. An hour or so later, they were all flitting about the yard.
Be well my little monarch friends, be sure to mate lots and lay lots of eggs. Bring those butterflies back!
Update: Shawn mowed the lawn this evening (Wednesday - and just after I released another 3 butterflies) and told me that he's pretty sure he mowed over a monarch butterfly. sigh. I save them, he kills them. Wonderfu.