If you have followed this blog for long, you know how much I love my butterflies! This morning we were thrilled to find a Monarch butterfly hatching from his chrysalis on my front porch, just outside the front door. Watching the birth of a butterfly makes me happy! But what happened later in the day was something I'd never witnessed before and it was really exciting! Edie, the Bouvier, was barking in the living room so I went to see what was causing the commotion--it was just the mailman parking across the street. But, while I was standing at the window I took a look at another Monarch caterpillar which had attached itself to another front porch column last night. I was unhappy to see him laying stretched out and very dark in color. Fearing he had died there, I stepped out to look closer. It was then that I realized he had started making his chrysalis from the bottom up. I rushed back to grab my camera and rushed back out the door. Getting back out there took me no more than 15 or 20 seconds. The chrysalis was already half-way up his body. By the time I got the camera's macro turned on and focused, he was almost to the top! I took these images within the space of 30 seconds. In no time he was finished!