Some beautiful Monarch caterpillars (Danaus plexippus) pupated in my front garden. I checked on them every day, hoping to catch the moment one emerged. Unfortunately, I discovered them already unfolding their wings, but I did capture this photograph of one that had tested its flying skills over to a nearby sword fern.
Coromandel Valley, South Australia
Canon EOS 500D, Canon EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS II lens, 1/60, f/4.5, ISO 400; inbuilt pop-up flash, compulsory mode; handheldby John Marriott, South Australia