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Monarchs having a good year

August 7, 2006 By Scott Richardson Filed under Photo Gallery Tags: butterfliesfaunainsects

Monarch chrysalis and larvaThe Reserve's milkweed feeds multitudes of monarch larvae. The adult butterflies seem to be especially abundant this summer and signs that they're reproducing are commonplace. The clapboard siding of the icehouse has proven popular with monarch caterpillars. Here, a newly formed chrysalis conceals an amazing transformation while another larva fastens up before molting its skin to reveal the chrysalis formed within.

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