Murray at Day 11

Early Day 11

Murray continues to develop. His pupa is turning darker. The image on the left is from early in Day 11. You can see that his wings are nearly fully developed and are colored the way the adult monarch will appear.

The second image was taken from the other side of the pupa in the afternoon of Day 11. It shows the other wing. In addition, the pupa is even darker indicating that the adult body is nearly full size.

Hopefully, within the next few hours Murray will emerge.

Late Day 11

If he does not emerge before I go to sleep (late tonight!) I will put him – hanging from his twig – into the large bell jar and cover it with the mesh.

This precaution will keep him protected in the event he does emerge during the night. I would not want him to fly away before I say my goodbyes.

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