Very few Monarch eggs survive to adulthood–mortality rates hover in the range of 90% or even higher! And still, the female Monarch lays new eggs every day–an average of 500 in her lifetime.
I’ve learned to respect Mother Nature’s ways, even when I don’t fully understand them. Even so, I do what I can to help offset those seemingly insurmountable odds. It’s how I’m wired, I guess. I’ve replaced our thirsty grass with drought-tolerant milkweed and nectar plants. I shield their nursery from weather extremes, and I guard against aphids and pesticide overspray, carried into my garden on ocean breezes.
Here, the story of Hope itself: struggles, persistence, endurance.
Helen Keller once said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” We see this in our daily lives: hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, diseases, natural and man-made disasters. A microcosm of this truth is borne out everyday, in my little Monarch Waystation.
Because I’ve witnessed firsthand their potential for suffering, I appreciate each wriggling, hungry little caterpillar as a marvel unto itself.
Because I’ve wept over the sweeping losses caused by predators, I greet with joy each new chrysalis–perfectly shaped jewel boxes, housing secret transformations within.
And the metamorphosis of a microscopic, pearlescent egg into this Monarch butterfly? Nothing short of a miracle.
Thank you, Melodye. Lovely!
Thanks for stopping by my little backyard habitat, Margaret! I’m really enjoying all the nature photos you brought home from your lakeside cabin.
beautiful as always, Melodye.
I love the way you cherish nature and the hope, beauty, and joy it offers us all.
We are kindreds in that way. <3
It truly is nothing short of a miracle. Love your pictures where you see the wings inside. A little like all of us just waiting to be set free.
What a lovely way to imagine things…thank you for inviting me to look at chrysalises with fresh eyes.
Just saying hi and thanks for this lovely photo essay. Yeah, hope is something we especially need right now.
Hi Barb! SO good to see you! And you’re so right: In a scorched-earth environment, hope offers us a long drink of cool, fresh water…
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