Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Caterpillars, Chrysalids, & Butterflies....Oh My

Easter Bunny Missy brought our house a live butterfly treehouse. So things around our house have been very exciting the past few weeks. When we arrived home from the beach we found a box of caterpillars in our mailbox.

Day 1

As time went on our caterpillars got bigger and bigger and bigger. I couldn't believe how big they got.

Day 2-10

Once they got very fat they crawled up to the top of the container and hung upside down for a few days until they turned into iridescent chrysalids.

On Monday April 21st Brent and Trenton moved the chrysalids to the butterfly treehouse so they could emerge into their new home.
We all watched and waited.......until today Crew was pointing up at the butterfly treehouse and I was very surprised to find 3 beautiful butterflies. Trenton was at school so when I picked him up I told him we had a surprise at home, he could hardly wait. When we got home another butterfly had emerged. It is pretty amazing to watch their wings dry and change into this bright orange. Can't wait to see what the next few days bring.


moodymadness said...

I'm so glad they all turned out. A fun little process, especially for the boys!

The Thompsons said...

What an awesome thing to do with the kids!!! My kids would love that. I'll have to watch for one :-)

Wendy Christensen said...

This looks like fun!! I would love to hatch some butterflies from home (next year maybe??) Luckily, Lauren will get to have a hands on butterfly moment with Miss Sue & Miss Joan!! It's all she can talk about.