KU monarch butterfly emerges in space

Here’s a video you won’t see every day.

Around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, the first of Kansas University’s Monarch Watch monarch butterflies — a female — in space emerged from its pupa. As you can see, she looks a little confused:

Chip Taylor, a KU professor and director of Monarch Watch, said that he was “amazed” that the monarch butterfly was able to emerge from its pupa, which had been floating around in its habitat for the better part of a week.

The butterfly is still floating and clinging to a part of the pupa from which it emerged, and may continue to do so until another butterfly joins her, Taylor said.

Follow along with the rest of the mission at the Monarch Watch Web site.