You can see not all the monarchs are making it to adulthood...this one below has some sort of issue with a bacteria, virus or parasite. We are not familiar enough with this stuff yet to make a call. Some of this stuff is super highly contagious so we will see how our others fare.
Here is a healthy chrysalis with wings starting to show through...
So far we've lost 4 chrysalises and had 16 healthy adults emerge with many more on the way. On this particular day, we found one in the tent in the morning hanging from its pot so we brought it to the sunshine to help speed up the drying process.
This male (you can tell by the dots on the hind wing) clung to the side of the pot for about 30-45 minutes in the sunshine while I had my coffee. He expelled lots of fluid and pumped his wings now and again.
A minute after this photo, this Monarch flew off and soon found our perennial goldenrod and annual Mexican sunflower...a major monarch magnet.