A couple of weeks ago I was watering some plants and found this Monarch cocoon. This is the first I have seen. I was wondering what happened to all those caterpillars I had. They are just cleverly concealed and hopefully scattered all across my gardens. It looks so different than the swallow tail cocoon. Notice it's intricate little golden necklace. The cocoon is a minty green and smooth walled. This second picture was taken a day or two ago. Notice how it's getting darker and the necklace isn't quite as noticeable.
I just took this picture today. It's gotten even darker and notice the little gold dots. I'd say it won't be long till this little guy takes a peak at the gardening world.