This chrysalis was found hanging from grasses along the Delaware River in Milanville, PA. It contains a monarch butterfly within its gold-studded jade chamber.
The marvelous monarch chrysalis
By SANDY LONG
The miracle of metamorphosis is no paltry matter. It involves a delicate flighted creatures transformation from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to winged insect.
The chrysalis stage is the third of four required to complete the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. The process begins following mating, when female butterflies lay tiny, ribbed, pale green eggs on the leaves of the common milkweed plant. The eggs hatch into miniscule caterpillars that consume the plants leaves as they grow up to two inches in length.
At this time of year, the main problem for a flyfisher is finding water cool enough for trout. If you fish the West Branch or the Upper East Branch of the Delaware, this is rarely a problem. When we fish the Main Stem or tributaries or perhaps the Beaverkill or Willowemoc, temperature is the key as to whether Barb and I will fish.