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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Live Butterfly Garden Post 2 #HomeSchool #Butterfly

All 5 of our caterpillars have emerged from their chrysalis. 

We received our caterpillars a week and a half ago. All 5 of them formed their chrysalis on the lid of the cup. We watched 4 of them & the fifth one formed while we were out of town. When we got home one of them had fallen to the bottom of the cup. We carefully removed the lid & the paper from the inside to pin in our cage. We didn't know if the one on the bottom of the cup was dead or not, so we decided to sit the cup inside our net just in case. We placed a small stick in our cup in case, so our butterfly could hold onto it so his wings could dry if he emerged.

Amber actually got up Wednesday, August 14th before everyone else & our first butterfly had emerged. They wanted to be able to watch one of them, so they were continually checking the chrysalises for any changes. Thursday I went to lunch with some homeschool moms and as soon as I arrived at the restaurant the girls were calling. They were so excited they got to watch one emerge & they caught it on video. This was the fourth butterfly & the only one left was the one on the bottom of the cup. On Friday, August 16th the one that had fallen emerged.

You can tell my girls are excited!!!

We now have 5 Painted Lady Butterflies that we will be releasing in a couple of days.

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