Sunday, 3 June 2012

Growing Butterflies

(Goblin is 31 months)
Last year a colleague of mine told me how they had "grown butterflies" at home. I was intrigued. I remembered this year after seeing a couple of posts on people's blogs (including Plain Vanilla Mom who has a 2012 Butterflies link up) so I got on the intewebs and ordered some caterpillars - yes that is right you can get caterpillars sent to you in the post - if you are in the UK look at Its not too late to order some for this year, you can order until September.
The caterpillars arrive in a sealed tub (with tiny air holes) and food in the bottom. On day one they were smaller than a grain of rice. But they grew so fast. Within a week they were enormous.
Goblin was fascinated and asked to see the caterpillars at least twice a day. When we first got them he kept asking if he could shake the tub - so we put the tub up high on a shelf just incase our constant "NO YOU CAN'T SHAKE THE TUB" didn't work.
After a week (yes that fast) they formed chrysalis and hung themselves from the top of the lid. At this point you open the tub and peel the paper inlay off of the lid, and pin it to the side of the pop up net habitat they provide.
The chrysalis were fascinating. They seemed to have gold on them. They stayed in this state for 12 days. To be honest I kinda forgot they were there so its just as well Hublet had started to take an interest.
While I was at work last week I got a call from Hublet telling me the butterflies had started to hatch. Goblin became interested again, although he was slightly freaked out by the flapping.
It took three days for four of the butterflies to hatch. The final chrysalis never hatched. On day three we released the butterflies into the garden. I was really surprised that the butterflies allowed us to hold them before they took off.

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  1. Wow! You got some awesome pictures! So glad you were finally able to write about your butterflies :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. How cool! My son has done this at preschool and I couldn't work out where they'd got their caterpillars from. Thanks for the link to the bug store, think we might do this next year when son number two is big enough to appreciate it a bit more. Amazing photos. Thanks!

  3. What great photos. My son's playgroup do this every year :O)

  4. What a great way to watch nature unfold at home. Goblin learns so much from you. Thank you for sharing such a good idea on #Country Kids

  5. so glad that you guys had the opportunity to do this! we loved it and are anxiously awaiting te arrival of our caterpillars! pinning it

  6. We are picking up our butterflies tonight! The kids are so excited!

  7. What a great project ... and I love all the photos! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

  8. We had this same kit and absolutely loved the experience! We were really surprised that the butterflies let us hold them and lingered around for a while, too. Thank you for linking up to Discover and Explore. I hope you'll come back and link up for next week's Earth Day theme.

  9. Wonderful post! Just wanted to let you know that your great butterfly activity is in our Discover & Explore feature post today - thanks again for linking up!


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