Happy Birthday, Murray

Murray the Monarch

Murray emerged as a beautiful monarch butterfly at about 10:15 pm this evening. Here he is drying his wings. You can see the spent pupa (now transparent) hanging from the silk button.

And Murray is indeed a male. See the “bump” on the middle vein of his wing.

Right now Murray is back in his jar while he dries his wings. Very early tomorrow morning, I will let him go. Hopefully, he will pose for one more photo before he departs.

Once he has drunk some nectar, Murray should begin making his way to Mexico for the winter (and to mate). I will have more photos tomorrow.

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