Meet the Queen

Yes, this beautiful caterpillar will blossom into the queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus)!

I have many photos of The Queen. How awesome to discover the queen butterfly caterpillar Sunday morning on my walk. I took a few extra minutes to walk through the “butterfly garden” at our nature preserve down the road, and I made this discovery. All while enjoying the many flutterings of butterflys.

All of our rains have not only sprouted a multitude of flowers and blossoms, but it has awakened the amazing butterflies! To stand amongst hundred of fluttering butterflies is just magical! (but very hard to photograph…I tried)

Below are two photos of the queen butterfly from a couple of weeks ago:

Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies. It creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation.
~ Stephanie Pace Marshall

18 Comments Add yours

  1. aussiebirder says:

    Beautiful captures Lisa, the caterpillar has amazing colors,

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    1. Thank you! We just need to look around, you never know what you can discover! …and I thought he was beautiful there in the green plant. Kind of looks like pine needles.


    1. Thank you so much! 😊


    1. Thank you! 😊

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  2. Gorgeous images Lisa – I only knew the butterfly and what a treat to see the caterpillar too! πŸ’œπŸ›

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I was excited to see the caterpillar, and in such a pretty green plant!

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  3. Toonsarah says:

    Fabulous photos – the caterpillar in particular is so striking! I also really like that quote and wish I’d come across it years ago as I could have used it in my consultancy work πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you Sarah, I thought that was a perfect quote for this one!!

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  4. Naomi says:

    How amazing that you caught both the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of that beautiful caterpillar and butterfly. I love both of them.

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    1. Isn’t that cool? I see those butterflies all over, now I know where they come from! Thank you! 😊


  5. Anita says:

    Impressive images Lisa, a queen, indeed!!

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    1. Thank you Anita! I just loved that caterpillar 😊


  6. Miriam says:

    So very beautiful

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    1. Thank you Miriam! 😊

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  7. For me, it’s a beautiful message of hope ❀love it

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    1. Thank you so much! Such a miracle those butterflies are!! 😊


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