How lucky am I to have gotten this photo? I went out to wait for Graydon on the school bus and looked into my enclosure I have for these chrysalises and much to my surprise one had started to split. So the monarch butterfly lands on a host plant, most likely a milkweed, and lays her egg. From the egg emerges a tiny little yellow, black and white striped caterpillar. The caterpillar then eats milkweed leaves until it is strong enough, he then climbs to the top of a plant or in this case an enclosure I have, and hangs into a "J" shape. He splits his skin and out pops a chrysalis. It then hatches into a beautiful butterfly and starts the process all over again.