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The Butterfly Adventures

The butterflies seem to lead quite the “rousing” lifestyle. I know all you Facebookers have been waiting for it, so here it is. Our butterflies mating. πŸ˜›

I am now a tad bit worried about having some baby caterpillars. AGAIN.

So that was yesterday. Then today they decided to venture out to Grant Park to take part in my first yoga class for the term with the Atlanta Homeschool Cooperative. The kids were thrilled and the dad of one of my students sent me a couple pics from his phone that I just had to share!

The butterflies and their groupies. πŸ™‚

Everyone wanted to touch the chrysalides!

Older Posts:Β 9 Days of CaterpillarsΒ & Butterflies Emerge!Β &Β 365 Project: Day 8 – Science

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Butterflies Emerge!

Day 10 – Dec. 29

4 out of the 5 have built theirs Β chrysalides! We have one lone caterpillar holding out but I expect that in the next day he will build his cocoon as well. πŸ™‚

On this day, Haden (a caterpillar) zipped himself up in his sleeping bag (aka chrysalis) and emerged from it as a beautiful butterfly. Then he flew away. πŸ˜‰

Day 11 – Dec. 30

Moved them over to their garden. All 5 are “cooking”. πŸ˜› Now we are just waiting…

Day 15 – Jan. 3, 2012

Still cooking and still waiting….

We should see our first butterfly within the next few days!

Day 17 – January 5, 2012

Our first butterfly arrived yesterday! So far, today, two more have emerged. I suspect that we will have a fourth before the day is over, then by tomorrow all our butterflies will be here. Michael went out to buy them some flowers yesterday, so they are eating nectar from the flowers and droplets of a sugar water mixture that we are adding to them.

From this point we have 2-4 weeks before they will start to die. πŸ™ I am regretting not waiting until the Spring to do this, so that I could release them. I do believe it will make me sad when they pass.

Other Posts: 9 Days of CaterpillarsΒ &Β 365 Project: Day 8 – ScienceΒ &Β The Butterfly Adventures

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9 Days of Caterpillars

Seems I will always be the mother that opts to get “educational” presents for my kids rather than the cool stuff they really like. πŸ˜› Of course, I did some of our shopping this year on this Montessori website that I LOVE,Β www.forsmallhands.com.Β One of our gifts for the kids was a Butterfly Garden. We had the caterpillar larvae sent to us before Christmas so we would have them already. We get to watch them enter the pupal stage and eventually become Painted Lady Butterflies. I think the whole thing is pretty cool. Thus far, the kids don’t seem overly impressed but I think maybe in the midst of Christmas was NOT the best time for this gift. πŸ˜‰ Anywho, I thought it would be cool to show their changes through photos and blogging. It seriously amazes me how fast they grow and change.

 

Day 1 – Dec. 20

Itty bitty little Painted Lady Larvae. There are 5 total. You don’t open the container at all until after they have formed their chrysalides, then you can move them to the “butterfly garden”. The stuff inside the cup is their food.

 

Day 3 – Dec.22

All five are growing so quickly. Two of them are growing a good bit quicker than the others though.

The one to the right is the biggest. I am calling him The Hulk. πŸ™‚ They have also begun spinning silk.

 

Day 5 – Dec. 24

Gave them to the kids today!

Addison really wanted to rip the lid off and give them some baby loves. πŸ˜›

 

Day 7 – Dec. 26

They are getting huge! And making quite a mess in their little home.

 

Day 9 – Dec. 28

We have our first chrysalis! If I had to bet, I would say it is The Hulk who went first. πŸ˜‰ In 7-10 days we should have our first butterfly. The kids are officially appreciating the coolness of them, but I think Haden would prefer not to have such a long wait to the butterflies.

Follow up posts: Butterflies Emerge!Β  &Β 365 Project: Day 8 – ScienceΒ &Β The Butterfly Adventures