Every year Ben and I go to the Monarch Watch open house - we both really love it. They do an open house twice a year and have educational games and exhibits and a beautiful butterfly garden to walk through.
This is a swallowtail butterfly we saw in the garden - wow.
This year Ben tagged a monarch (I thought it was going to be some grand surgical type of thing but it's really just a sticker) and got a little slip of information with that number on it to track his monarch migration to Mexico.
He also got to bring home a chrysalis to nurture. In past years, the monarch has appeared within 12 hours of bringing it home. It's been a couple of days and the chrysalis is still a green color so I know we have a little bit more time...it will get almost black and sort of transparent right before the monarch emerges. So for now we are just watching it.