Chrysalis boom in September

All at once, it seems, our recent baby boom of sixteen Monarch caterpillars has finished fattening up on milkweed, and now about half a dozen have headed for different places to form a chrysalis.

Two are snugged up and forming into Monarch butterflies, and one has just arrived to do the same.

Two are snugged up and forming into Monarch butterflies, and one has just arrived to do the same.

One, so far, is on a trellis; one chose a spot behind the downspout, and several are in the process of attaching themselves to a little ledge on a brick pillar–which seems to be the favored place.