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Monarchs among us

Arthur Shapiro's CreekSpeak in May, 2011, focused on butterflies of California. One butterfly, the charasmatic monarch, has become scarce in our region. I spotted a monarch chrysalys on a milk weed last month, and Center for Land Based Learning Staff spotted adults fluttering around late last week. 

Though not endangered, they have become rare in our region, and seeing them here at our office has felt like a good omen. To view the butterflies and the one chrysalys we watched hatch, follow this link...

The photos of yesterday's chrysalys hatching, captured using a time-lapse camera are at this link.