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Monarch butterfly emerges from cocoon

A monarch butterfly is shown at just a few minutes old in Geri Seaberg's garden in Pequot Lakes. Submitted Photo1 / 2
A monarch butterfly is shown at just a few minutes old in Geri Seaberg's garden in Pequot Lakes. Submitted Photo 2 / 2

Pequot Lakes resident Geri Seaberg had volunteer milkweed growing in her garden and discovered a couple monarch caterpillars. She took a small caterpillar and put it in a large plastic jar filled with milkweed with a lid with breathing holes. Over about two weeks, she watched the caterpillar grow and watched when it formed its cocoon. Ten days later, that cocoon turned black and a monarch butterfly emerged. She released it on some flowers in her garden, and this photo shows the monarch at just a few minutes old. It was exercising its wings and about 15 minutes later it flew away.

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