Friday, May 24, 2013

Caterpillars to Butterlies

I've always wanted to try one of the "Caterpillar to Butterfly" kits with Audrey and I felt like this year she was finally old enough to really get something out of it and understand what was going on.

So I ordered the kit about a month ago and they came in about a week later. As I read the instructions, I was surprised at easy it looked like it would be. The 6 caterpillars came in a container full of everything they would need as caterpillars. Basically, you don't have to do anything but watch them until they build their chrysalis. 

We started out with 6 caterpillars. They guarantee at least 50% to become butterflies. About 8 days after the caterpillars came in the mail, the first two built their chrysalis within a matter of hours. I had no clue they did it that fast. At 8:30 a.m. they were hanging from the top getting ready, and at 1:00 p.m. when I got home, they were already done! 

Out of the four caterpillars left, I began to feel like one of them wasn't going to make it. The other five had doubled in size, and he was still a tiny thing. Two days later the other three big caterpillars built their chrysalis and the smaller caterpillar was no longer with us. I was excited that we had 5/6.

Once the last caterpillar had built its chrysalis, I moved all of them to the butterfly house by hanging the entire lid of the container on the side of the netting with the hook that was attached. I did this very carefully and managed to move them without dropping one.

I had to mist the caterpillars with room temperature water once a day. Once morning (8 days after the first two built their chrysalis) I sprayed them like I usually do. Then, just a few minutes later on my way out the door, I noticed we had a butterfly! That little stinker waited until we weren't looking. By the end of the day, we had two butterflies. Three days later, we had all five butterflies, but one of them passed away for unknown reasons.

Yesterday, we released the butterflies in my moms garden and they took off across the yard. This was such a fun experience for both Audrey and myself and I loved seeing how excited she was throughout each step. Seriously. I got constant caterpillar updates. But she had a blast and it was educational too!

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  1. Wow! I've never heard of a kit like this before, but it sounds awesome! Very educational and fun. I will definitely do this with my son when he's older.

  2. We loved watching our caterpillars a few years ago and we are doing it again this year. In fact, I just ordered our caterpillars. Such a great experience for kiddos.
    We never did get to see them emerge either. We thought we were going to with one, but I don't think that one survived.
    Thanks for sharing

  3. This sounds like so much fun. I am going to have to look into this for my son. I am trying to get him into doing more educational things since he will be starting school soon.

  4. That looks like a great activity!! I bet my kiddos would really enjoy this!


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