Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Butterfly Project

We decided to show Wes the wonders of nature with a Butterfly Garden


You order your kit online and are sent a cute little container of caterpillars and a mesh habitat.



The caterpillars grow in their little containers that come full of the peanut butter looking substance for a week or so. They grow impressively fast!


Soon they attach themselves in their cocoons to the top of the container lid and you have to place them inside their mesh habitat.


Within a few days...BOOM...Butterflies!

What I never knew....when butterfly's hatch, there is the red substance similar to afterbirth that coats the lid that they attach to and drips from the new butterfly's little body.

In this picture you can see the newly hatched butterfly and the red ickiness next to him.




You feed your new butterfly's sugar water and orange slices for a few days before you let them go.

We decided to set the butterfly's free on the Fourth of July....it is Independence Day after all!


So we let the boys set free the butterflies at our BBQ on Monday





However...our timing was very poor.

As you can see Butterflies waste NO time attempting to expand their population.

Butterfly sex......

Now you've seen it.


3 comments:

tinajo said...

Haha - I never thought that day would come when I saw butterfly sex! Thanks for sharing... I think..! :-D

Lauren said...

That is so cool! I've never seen an at home butterfly garden!

Olga said...

I have never seen butterfly sex! Very, hmm, educational indeed.