Sunday, October 9, 2011

Live Butterfly Garden

For Connor's birthday he received a Butterfly Garden.
This is the coolest thing ever to do with the kids!

It took us a while but we finally ordered and received the live larvae in the mail.
They came in the same container as pictured below, but they were just little dots that weren't even moving. In fact Connor thought they sent us dead larvae:)
It only took a couple of days before they were distinguishable caterpillars, growing and moving around.
(All that brown stuff at the bottom is their food.)

This is day 10: 

All but one have moved to the top of the container. And one has already formed it's crysallis. (It's so cool. We can see the wings forming inside!)
We've been watching the last one move all around the container today, "bugging" the others while it tries to find the right spot to settle.

Soon we can move them to their "Garden," where we'll watch them hatch into butterflies!
(Hopefully before it's too cold outside to let them go!)

The coolest part is that we can reorder larvae next year and do it all over again!

1 comment:

  1. You're a good mom... Because looking at those pictures makes me gag. :)