Four monarch butterflies were recently raised by Geri Seaberg. Females are identified by thicker black lines within the wing, while males have two small black spots on the top surface of the hindwings. As caterpillers, they tend to eat a lot of milkweed, and need to have a fresh supply on hand for almost 10 days. When they stop eating they form a chrysalis (cocoon). At this stage, it takes 10 days and they then emerge, but need to get their wings unfolded & dry. Seaberg referred to the process of metamorphosis as "exciting." Photos by Geri Seaberg.