This little beauty is having a tasty snack on a weed growing up by the pond, but it's favorite food is milkweed. This creature will change into a green chrysalis studded with gold dots and in about 4 weeks will emerge as a Monarch butterfly. It will probably spend the winter in Mexico but some Monarchs have flown as far as Australia. In the spring they return, laying their eggs along the way for the beginning of a new generation. Photo by Shannon Gritton.