Once a teacher always a teacher?
Not sure what possessed me, whether it’s because I won’t let her have a dog or she doesn’t have any siblings, but at Christmas I bought her a Live Butterfly Garden. In the box, you get the net, all the instructions plus a certificate to order your baby caterpillars when you’re ready.
They arrived a couple of days after we ordered them. They come in a small pot with everything they need for the first couple of weeks.
We were amazed how quickly they grew. They then make their way to the top of the pot, hang upside down and weave themselves into a cocoon.
Once they all turn into cocoons, you transfer them to the net.
Then a week to two weeks later, they turn black and will most likely emerge that day.
We came home last night to find four Painted Butterflies. Can you see all of them?
Sadly, we can’t keep them forever so we released them tonight, but no tears just a lot of excitement and she learned loads. However, it did take them a lot of persuasion to come out.
Unfortunately, just after they emerged, one got stuck on its back to the bottom of the net, in the red liquid (Meconium) that they eject after they leave the chrysalis. I tried to rescue it but think one of its wings may have been damaged.
But on the positive side, there seems to be a baby caterpillar left behind so we can do it all again!
Next year we may try stick insects or an ant farm.