An African queen in Nepal (Observation Note)

It has been a while since I last posted. Last week just flew by while doing some projects. And I’m trying to learn some new software. It was a productive week. Ah, but that’s not why I started writing this.

So, I slept late last night and woke up early at six feeling very tired. Before I could go on with my morning routine, I noticed that one of the butterfly chrysalis that I had kept in a jar for observation had changed to a darker color. The green chrysalis had changed color overnight.

The sight that disrupted my entire morning routine.

I knew it was going to emerge soon but had no idea how long it would take. It finally emerged after two hours twenty minutes, which gave me enough time to prepare a makeshift photo studio using whatever I could find.

Six hours later, at noon, I finally finished taking the last few photos of the plain tiger butterfly, Danaus chrysippus, also known as African queen, or African monarch. This medium-sized butterfly is widespread in Asia, Australia, and Africa. 

It was exhausting but it felt good. I plan to write a proper observation post in the future, but here are some cool photos.

The transparent chrysalis right before the emerging!
And it finally emerged. Then it made me wait for like almost three hours before it was ready to fly…
Yes, definitely worth the wait!
Butterfly butterfly!


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