A couple weeks ago, I brought home a very big Monarch Butterfly caterpillar that I realized was close to starting its metamorphosis. The day after I brought it home, it had already changed into its chrysalis and started the process of becoming a butterfly. A few days ago, I arrived home to a freshly emerged butterfly. Its wings were fully unfurled, so it had changed probably midday when we were at work. I moved it out to one of our cone flowers. Within a few minutes, it had flitted off to start its new life elsewhere.