Shauna Roberts is the author of the historical novels Like Mayflies in a Stream and Claimed by the Enemy, both set in ancient Mesopotamia. She also writes fantasy and science fiction, is a 2009 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop, and received the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writers Grant in 2011.
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I set my alarm for 5:45 am so that I would not miss the emergence of the Monarch from its chrysalis.I missed it. It was already out and hanging from a stick. It was still dark outside, so I didn't even try to get a picture. I went back to bed but…
Our Monarch caterpillar turned into a chrysalis April 5, and today the chrysalis finally turned dark. If you look carefully, you can see the orange and black wings through the chrysalis, which is becoming transparent.
In my last blog post (http://www.shaunaroberts.com/2016/03/stuff-in-my-yard.html), I had a photo of a Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillar, fifth instar, on a milkweed plant in my yard. I brought it inside, put it in a lettuce container with some sticks, and fed it milkweed every day. Yesterday, it stopped eating and roamed…