she has shared a five-part tutorial that illustrates how simple and rewarding it is to raise a Monarch butterfly yourself: from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly.
the most amazing part of this tutorial? Karen sat for hours with a camera at each stage of development to capture the essential moments of this creature's transformations: the caterpillar emerging from the egg, the forming of the chrysalis, and the vivid butterfly emerging from the chrysalis.
what an amazing process! it's strangely wonderful to see the time lapse photos of the cocoon forming around the caterpillar, sort of growing out of its back. seriously - even if you don't have any interest in trying it yourself, this step-by-step is worth a read simply for the photos.