Payroll tax calendar of the day: monthly deposits are due October 15th; quarterly returns are due October 31st.
After building himself up by eating lots of milkweed leaves, Clarence the caterpillar prepared his chrysalis and began his metamorphosis.
Here are some more pictures of monarchs and their chrysalises:
Be sure to watch the video here of the monarch hatching!
After reading that the chrysalis would stay green for a week to ten days, I started to worry about Clarence because his stayed green for over two weeks. Finally, after two weeks and a day, the chrysalis turned dark, which is the next stage of development. The following morning, Clarence hatched and stretched out his wings.
After waiting a few hours to dry his wings, he was ready to take off.
Clarence is now on his way to Mexico, where he and the other monarchs migrate to spend the winter. I’ll be thinking about him every time the highway plow pushes a bunch of snow in my driveway.