Eclosing of a Monarch Butterfly Enamel Painting by Dori Settles



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During the summer of 2020, I was fortunate to find young Monarch caterpillars on our Milkweed plants and raise them through adulthood.  Each day was fascinating to see how much they grew, and when they were pupating and eventually emerging from their chrysallides.  I documented much of the experience in my blog and newsletter, and captured video which I posted to YouTube.

Watching the Monarch Butterfly break out of her chrysallis is one of the most amazing events – it’s a relatively slow process, and she hangs, dries her wings and pumps them up so they will carry her toward Mexico in a few weeks. Eclosing captures this moment.

Like Bees, Monarchs are important pollinators. They have short life spans, and the caterpillars only eat milkweed. I hope to have more milkweed plants and even more monarchs in our Nebraska garden next summer.


Painted using vitreous enamels. Each layer is fired in the kiln prior to the painting of the next layer. The base glass is salvaged glass that came from old store shelving.

Mounted SIZE: 8 x 8 x 7/8 inches