Amazing how Mother Nature can take something like this caterpillar, feasting on milkweed and after a period of time it knows to find a safe place away from the plant which has provided nourishment and begin that process of change.
A change to a Chrysalis
where that metamorphosis finally happens. Out of sight, protected by part of itself and to begin the process all over.
The Monarch will, in a one year cycle, go through four series of laying eggs, hatching of larva, creating a Chrysalis to then be another Monarch. Each of the first three life cycles are brief and the Monarch dies shortly after laying eggs. The last life cycle is the longest as the Monarch will migrate to warmer climes for hibernation.