Monarch butterfly emerges from cocoon
Pequot Lakes resident Geri Seaberg had volunteer milkweed growing in her garden and discovered a couple monarch caterpillars. She took a small caterpillar and put it in a large plastic jar filled with milkweed with a lid with breathing holes. Over about two weeks, she watched the caterpillar grow and watched when it formed its cocoon. Ten days later, that cocoon turned black and a monarch butterfly emerged. She released it on some flowers in her garden, and this photo shows the monarch at just a few minutes old. It was exercising its wings and about 15 minutes later it flew away.