Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Butterflies!

One of the presents Clare was given for her birthday back in March was a butterfly "cage," along with a coupon to send off for caterpillars.  Clare repeatedly asked when we could get the caterpillars.  Due to my very pregnant state at the time, the butterfly activity got put on the back burner.
Fast forward a couple of months and few thousand more requests, we finally sent off for caterpillars!  The girls were so excited when we received six caterpillars in the mail.  They arrived in a small jar with instructions to watch them grow and form chrysalises on this special filter paper.  So, watch we did. 
After several days, all six caterpillars had formed their chrysalises and were ready for transfer.  Following the instructions carefully, we moved the chrysalises to the cage and  anxiously awaited our new butterflies.



The girls checked the cage  multiple times a day.  They were so intrigued by the whole process and excitedly reported back to me any change that had occurred.  The even got so into it, that they started "playing" butterfly with their fairy wings.



About seven days after the transfer, we had our first butterfly!  Oh the excitement!  Over the next few days, five out of the six chrysalises became butterflies.  The girls even named some of them...Sweet Pea Wendy, Flutterfly Sparkle, and Sweetie Pie Butterfly.

Finally, it was time for the release.  We took the butterflies outside and opened the cage.  After a little bit of coaxing, the butterflies flew the coop.  


This is the best picture I could get of the actual exit.  Surprisingly enough, several of the butterflies hung out in our backyard for several minutes. 


This picture cracks me up.  Clare and Jane are standing just like Casey!   They are all watching one of the butterflies explore the backyard.

Admittedly, I am not a lover of creepy, crawly things. However, this activity was so fun!  The girls loved it, and I never had to even touch the actual caterpillars!  And an added bonus...I think they learned something in the process!

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