The transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is one of nature’s most astounding miracles with this metamorphosis taking place within the chrysalis over the period of just a few weeks. Considering the incredible changes happening, this time frame is impressive to be sure. However even the most avid butterfly enthusiasts likely do not have the time or patience to observe in person each stage of the process through to the breathtaking final emergence. This is what makes the upcoming workshops presented by Niagara Parks and the Monarch Teaching Network of Canada such a unique opportunity!
The above video shows the emergence process as the monarch begins pushing its way out of the chrysalis. Once free the insect transfers fluid from its abdomen to its wings, thus expanding them, the twisting you see also aids in this transfer of fluid. Along with its wings the monarch must also maneuver the two separate pieces of its tongue and join them as one. With these tasks complete the butterfly then spends time allowing the wings to dry and harden before it can take flight.
The two day interactive workshop on April 13 and 14 will allow participants to see the metamorphosis of the monarch at each and every stage of its transformation, and this is just the beginning! Attendees will leave with both the resources and knowledge to rear their very own monarchs at home, including butterfly cages, milkweed and a comprehensive how-to manual. Lunch is also included for participants.