My friend Katrina posted a picture on facebook of these slimy little larvae and the title was "Our Butterfly Garden". I wrote to her immediately to find out where she got them. I thought that this is what we needed this summer, a fun project like this. I knew the kids would LOVE it and along the way it would give them things to look up on the computer, a great topic to find books about at the library etc. Katrina wrote me right back and within minutes I had ordered our own butterfly garden. The 10 larvae arrived on our doorstep 5 days later. Here is a progression of what we've seen so far:
What we found on our doorstep
Proud daddy and mommy
Day 7 - the chrysalides have formed, time to hang them up in our butterfly pavillion!
We're expecting the chrysalides to hatch in the next 2 days and by the looks of it we'll have 9 painted lady butterflies. Drew can't wait to pick flowers for them and to feed them watermelon and sugar water. The process has been so much fun and the kids have loved it. One bonus is that everyday there has been such a visible change that it's perfect for kids this age. Sometimes it was really different from the time they woke up to the time they went to bed. That makes for a perfect little kid project. And for reals, it's nice that something is being born in this house and it's not coming from me. I'll update when the butterflies make their appearance. I sure hope we don't miss it when it happens.
You can order them here if you're interested. Again, big thanks to Katrina!