Our cocoon turned into a…

Butterfly.  A friend gave us two Monarch cocoons.  He said they would get dark, then clear shortly before opening.  We noticed them turn dark last night and thought for sure the butterfly would hatch while we were sleeping but it waited until today!

I know this has nothing to do with food, but it is soo cool that I wanted to share my pictures of it.

This is how it looked when we got it.

This is how it looked as it was darkening last night.

These were pictures this morning.  You can tell the green has almost completely disappeared.

And after it hatched!  Do butterflies hatch?  Or is there some other term?

We let the wings dry for an hour or so and took it outside.

Goodbye, beautiful butterfly!