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Our Monarch Butterfly Hatched Today 5/8/24

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

Our Monarch Butterfly Hatched Today


I wrote about our Monarch Butterfly nursery recently and today was the big day.


The first chrysalis opened and the new butterfly emerged. We didn’t get to see the butterfly coming out but saw it only moments after the big event. As you can see in this photo the wings are still rather wrinkled.


Monarch Butterfly newly emerging


The butterfly fell down on the patio but fortunately I was able to hold out a small stick and it latched on. I moved it onto a pot of purple flowers so it could finish drying its wings. What a relief – I’m glad we were there to rescue it!


Here's the vacant chrysalis.


Empty Monarch chrysalis


It started moving around on the flowers and was clearly sipping some nectar. It took about 2 hours total from when it emerged from the chrysalis, but we were able to enjoy seeing the Monarch fly off!


What a treat to watch this entire process unfold from when the eggs were first laid until adulthood and first flight.


Newly hatch Monarch Butterfly


By the way the butterfly was a female – I did some research to find out how you can tell. Females do not have the 2 blacks spots on either side of the body at the bottom, and the black veins on the wings are wider.



There is another chrysalis that looks like it’s getting close to the hatching moment, too. We’re hopeful!


We watched a very cool movie tonight, Beauty on the Wing, on PBS that chronicles the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly.

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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow how exciting Jeff Dowler, CRS  will have to show this post to Diane, she loves Monarch Butterflies even more than I do and that is hard to surpass:)Endre

May 08, 2024 10:28 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you, Endre Barath, Jr. I hope Diane enjoys it.

It's been an amazing transformation to watch in person these last few weeks - yesterday was the best!


May 09, 2024 09:24 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hoping that the butterflies is a metaphor for a positivity in your life, Endre! Love and light and all the best!

May 08, 2024 10:31 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Laura Cerrano 


May 09, 2024 09:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - nature is so exciting.   

May 09, 2024 03:06 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Michael Jacobs 

It is fascinating to observe if we take the time to do so. Lots of amazing things happen.


May 09, 2024 09:25 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jeff. What an experience to see nature and the unfolding of the butterfly.  May you get the opportunity to see more. Enjoy your day.

May 09, 2024 04:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Wayne Martin We feel blessed to have been witness to this transformation over the last few weeks. 2 have 2 more chrysalis and hopefully to see them hatch as well.


May 09, 2024 09:30 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful! And you were worried they wouldn't hatch. Nature is amazing.

May 09, 2024 05:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Kat Palmiotti 

We WERE wondering what would happen but we're so thankful we were around and got to see it first hand.


May 09, 2024 09:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

So, so beautiful, Jeff. And how wonderful that you are able to watch this miracle of nature up close and personal (and share it with us, as well).

May 09, 2024 06:59 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Nina Hollander, Broker 

It really was a special experience and fun to share with others. I'm glad some of the photos turned out.


May 09, 2024 09:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Jeff Dowler, CRS this is where you are wrong, my friend! Your photos didn't just "turn out." They were fabulous!

May 09, 2024 01:43 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Nina Hollander, Broker 

Thank you so much! Such a nice thing to say.


May 09, 2024 01:49 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Jeff,

I love the photos you have taken and shared with us! How beautiful!! You really have a treat to watch the entire process unfold from when the eggs were first laid until adulthood and first flight and I love you share with us!.

May 09, 2024 07:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks so much, Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

We are so thankful we were home and didn't miss this event. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos!


May 09, 2024 09:38 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Look at you on your way to being a Lepidopterist and saving the young monarch so it can thrive and hatch its own young.

And yes, I had to look it up


May 09, 2024 07:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Ha ha Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 

THAT may be a bit of a stretch but I did learn some things about Monarchs during the process and from watching the documentary.


May 09, 2024 01:12 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

How fun, Jeff.
They are so beautiful. The transformation is amazing.

May 09, 2024 09:27 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

It's been very special Carol Williams 

They really are beautiful and fun to see close up.


May 09, 2024 01:14 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff you were very fortunate to see almost the whole process.  Hopefully you will catch the whole process with the next one.

May 09, 2024 10:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

George Souto 

We certainly are fortunate to have witnessed this up close and not just in a movie. 

The second one has now hatched. We weren't home to watch, but see it hanging on the flower pot drying its wings.


May 09, 2024 01:16 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, that has to be very exciting, and would love to see that in person!

May 09, 2024 11:42 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Joan Cox 

We were hopeful we would get to see it happen and so blessed that we did.


May 09, 2024 01:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jeff- you are right...you are blessed to have been around for this event!!! I am grateful that you were there to assist the butterfly onto the plant. And another one coming???  Let's get you a camera for this!!!!

May 09, 2024 12:59 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Kathy Streib Yes, I was so happy we were there to help. 

The 2nd one just hatched while we were out but the butterfly is still there drying its wings.


May 09, 2024 01:19 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Jeff Dowler, CRS I love that you raised a Monarch

- butterflies 🦋 and dragonflies are my favorite insects.
I'll search out your original post. 

May 09, 2024 06:38 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks for stopping by  Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets 

 It's been a real treat to have the Monarch metamorphosis taking place before our eyes and up close...just like in the documentary!


May 09, 2024 09:46 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think that is so amazing and it is so cool that you are getting to see it all up close and personal!

May 10, 2024 05:20 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Brian England 

It IS very cool and fun to watch, and we are feeling very blessed. There is 1 more chrysalis to hatch!


May 10, 2024 10:27 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Jeff, Wonderful you were there to lend a hand/stick and ensure that new butterfly could thrive!  Always good to take in the wonders of nature. Thanks for sharing with us!  

May 10, 2024 12:21 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Gloria Todor 

I'm glad we were there and could help the butterfly on to the flowers.


May 10, 2024 03:38 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jeff Dowler, CRS I thought I commented on this but it was on Instagram - I love this post 

May 10, 2024 01:13 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks for stopping by again Hannah Williams  I'm glad you enjoyed it!

It was fun to share the experience.


May 10, 2024 03:37 PM
Hannah Williams

Jeff Dowler, CRS I can see why it really is a wonderful experience 

May 10, 2024 06:58 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

How cool is that?  Very exciting and so glad you were there to support the butterfly.

May 10, 2024 01:16 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Leanne Smith 

It's been a fun experience. I'm glad I was there for that butterfly on the ground.


May 10, 2024 03:36 PM