One of the gifts Paytyn got for her birthday was a butterfly house. About a month ago we sent away for the butterflies. Here is the story of her Painted Lady butterflies.
This is the butterfly house.
These are the five tiny caterpillars. They came in this plastic cup. You leave them in the plastic cup until they have all formed chrysalis. The cup has air holes and all that tan stuff in the bottom of the cup is their food.
They got bigger very fast!
This stage only took about a week. We all were very surprised about how big our caterpillars had become.
Soon the caterpillars climbed to the top of the cup and started forming their new homes. It only took them ONE day to form a chrysalis.
Once all the caterpillars have turned into chrysalis you remove the paper disk from the top of the cup and safety pin it to the inside of the butterfly house.
About a week later the butterflies start emerging from the chrysalis.
Soon they all had hatched.