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Monarch Chrysallis on the last day 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 chrysallis became a twice a day activity.  In the morning, I would wake up to see what color it was and if there was a change from the night before. Then on about day 9, the chrysallis would start to become darker in color, and on day 10, it was completely transparent, and I could see the entire butterfly stuffed inside this little package. Enclosure celebrates this final moment before the butterfly emerges.

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.

Framed SIZE: 10.25 x 10.25  x 1 3/4 inches

Permanently mounted to a professional birch and pine cradle board and wired for easy hanging, and then framed in a beautiful white tray frame which is deep enough to set the piece on a shelf or table top rather than hang.

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