My third (and final, for now) caterpillar has gone through metamorphosis and is now a lovely monarch butterfly flying free.
Look how fat it was! (And look how fat my finger looks!)
Here it has gone into the "J" shape before it begins to go into the chrysalis...
Although this is blurry, you can see the skin splitting open (then it falls off, ewww!).
And despite my getting up very early this morning in hopes of seeing it emerge, I woke up to find this:
my other two were both male).
No more butterfly-sitting for me for a while. I've put the milkweed plant outside now...I hope some female--maybe the beauty above?--will come by and lay some more eggs. But not for a while...I'm exhausted! And very very happy that three of the four caterpillars survived and flew away.