Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Release of the Butterflies
We did a really fun science project the last couple of weeks at our house. I got a really good deal on a butterfly kit at Hobby Lobby, then I sent away for the caterpillars or larvae. The caterpillars (larvae) came in a jar and we got to watch them climb to the top of the jar to form a chrysalis. It was really neat. Then when they all had done the trip to the top and were in the chrysalis stage I transferred them to the butterfly house. I had to carefully tape the paper they were hanging on to the top of the cage. Unfortunately we did loose one in the transfer. It fell to the bottom of the cage and never emerged. The rest were a success. One after another they emerged and soon we had five beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies! It was really cool!! We have kept them and watched them eat a mixture of honey and water off of sponges for about a week, but it was time to let them fly off and be free! Here are some pictures of the release.