:: the other ladies ::

Back in May I ordered live caterpillars to see them turn into butterflies.  We’ve done two other times before, few years ago, and I thought it would be fun to have them hatch, around Siena’s birthday, this year.

I had it all planned out.  But as it turns out, nature is not something you can plan.  And as you can see in this pictures above, the caterpillars we got, were very small.  We waited for two weeks (as they suggest) to see them grow and turn into chrysalids.  They didn’t. They never changed much.  So I called the place we got them from, and they replaced them, and we received few weeks later new, much bigger caterpillars.  But it was 3 weeks later, from my original plan.  It was OK. Just a different plan I guess.

This time, they were almost double the size from the first caterpillars we received, and we could see them walk around, eat the food (they came with), and soon, almost two weeks after we received them, they turned into amazing chrysalids.

We were heading to Idaho to visit family, and we had our friends chrysalid-sit for us.

They were lucky to have them when they turned into butterflies.  I am glad they got to see that.  I think it’s amazing.

When we returned, we had five beautiful painted ladies to see up close.

We watched them for few days, until we had a sunny day we felt they would enjoy to meet the real, natural world, and to let them go.

And of course, we invited our friends who chrysalid-watched for us while we were gone, to see them fly away with us.

And we let them go.

They left one by one.

And they checked out our plants.

And our dogwood.

And there was the last one that didn’t want to leave the ‘butterfly garden’ we had them in.

It was eating from the watermelon piece we gave them the day before.

And was hanging on to that.  We took it out carefully, in case it wanted to fly away.

But it didn’t.

It moved to the daisy in our garden.

I think, so we could watch it carefully, and up close.

So we did.

It hang out in our garden for a while, until it was ready to leave.

And then it left to see the world. Thank you painted ladies for letting us see a little more about butterflies.

Hope you can see some butterflies in your garden today.  Enjoy!

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2 Responses to :: the other ladies ::

  1. Those are such fabulous pictures of the butterflies. I love that you were able to get so close. What a great science project for the kids!

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