The first group of images is of a "J" cat I found on a morning glory leaf. Is this a parasite egg hatching going on from some fly or wasp? It's ugly.
This second group of photos is from the first-to-form chrysalis of about 2.5 weeks ago, also on a morning glory leaf, not far from the previous incident. Yesterday, the wings were becoming visible and it appeared this fellow would come out today. Well, here it is, but in pieces, and with that suspicious green goo which makes me think things happened too early, or there was something seriously wrong inside. Or, did a predator get to it before it could emerge and fly away? Pieces everywhere as if someone tossed a room looking for cash or jewelry.
Today I also found one cat, 3rd instar I think, still alive, with its green guts pulled out of its body behind the head like a noodle--did a bird get to work on it? I put it out of its misery, if they feel misery. I sure do. There are two new chrysalides on the deck and stairs, and a cat in the "J" on some Eupatorium. We'll see what happens. About 12 cats left on the red milkweed, and then I suppose the season is over. Not good luck for the dozens of cats I've had the last month. Also saw a cat jump the chain link fence--it was black and white. Feline cat, that is.
Can't end on such a bad note. At least other things seem to be doing well in the garden; the below frog couldn't believe what happened to the monarchs.