Monarch Summer painting by Jennifer Morse
Each summer, I raise nine or ten monarch butterflies. In July, one fat neon caterpillar escaped the mesh enclosure, hiked to the sneakers by the front door and hid inside. I found it hours later and returned it to the safety of the cage. Exhausted, it crawled two inches up the side and metamorphosed into a jade-green chrysalis dotted with gold. One morning, I woke to find the now transparent chrysalis swinging from a line of silk in the centre of the enclosure. How is forever a mystery, but within hours the monarch hatched, bigger and brighter than all the other butterflies. It was the only boy. His dramatic orange and black wings sparkled in the summer sun. I released him amongst the red lilies, Mexican hats and milkweed and painted him as he rested and stretched his impressive wings.
34.5” x 34.5”
Dry clean only