Within a few days a bright green chrysalis hung from the screen covering the top of the caterpillar jar and my painting began to morph into a colorful tribute to one of my favorite butterflies.
Last week I excitedly finished the painting anticipating the emergence of the monarch butterfly and it’s addition to the annual migration.
The Autumnal Equinox occurred on Wednesday and ushered in two beautiful Fall days. There will surely be many more.
Today there is a drizzle of rain falling and a chill in the air. The last summer generation of Monarchs is flying south. One caterpillar is suspended in time, surrounded by morning glories and savoring a bright green watercolor milkweed.
An insect’s metamorphosis is a miraculous and complex process. Its journey through life is filled with dangers. Sadly, my little creature was destroyed in its chrysallis by a parasite that it acquired before I brought it in.