While that sounds like an epic book title /makes note/, in this case it’s referring to a monarch butterfly. (Who is also pretty epic, as they’re about to make the massive migration journey to Mexico, which is a long haul for a little butterfly!)
First, let me share this cool shot of a final-stages chrysalis. They turn black and then give a translucent peek at what’s to come! I took this shot last week:
The next day, I went out to check on the chrysalis (this one was attached to the underside of a window), and I found this monarch butterfly — so newly emerged, the wings were still dripping.
This one will migrate all the way to Mexico, and so will live much longer than ordinary monarch butterflies (about nine months instead of a few weeks). That’s thousands of miles, for a little insect! No one knows exactly how the butterflies know their migration route, since only about every fifth generation or so migrates.
I’m already planning additional milkweed for next year’s butterfly ranching.