This is our first raised-in-captivity monarch (and first successful one period from inside or out--so far the record on making it from chrysalis to butterfly is 1-4). You should have seen the wife and I vying for position to watch him emerge--not pretty. It took him, yes him, 10 days from chrysalis to butterfly. Within about 2-3 hours he was ready to go, wings fully inflated. Before leaving the garden he rested on a red chokeberry and partook of some baby joe eupatorium. Good luck, dear sir, it's been a pleasure.
The last image is the red milkweed--see any leaves? Three dozen caterpillars will do that. Only six left outside, five inside. Summer is almost over, a fact made more potent by 90 degrees today, 72 tomorrow.
And as always, click on an image to expand the view. If only real objects worked like this.