|Penelope with our brand new painted lady larva.|
|getting a close look|
|Pen posing for her friend who went with us.|
|Releasing our first butterfly.|
|There she is, not sure how to fly yet.|
|On a leaf in our garden.|
|Pen observing our butterfly resting on a flower.|
|It's not in focus, but there she is on my finger.|
|Releasing our second butterfly a week later.|
|I think this is Pen's. We made leaves with the kid's hand print and caterpillars with their toes.|
|I think this one is Vi's.|
The second butterfly emerged about a week later and when we brought her outside I think we were all expecting her to hang out for a bit like the first one, but as soon as her habitat was unzipped she zoomed out at top speed, flew up high into the sky, and sped off over another yard and finally out of sight. It was amazing and wonderful, but there were tears from Penelope who thought she'd get to see her in the garden like the other one. She was a little offended by how quickly she forgot us and sped away into the sky. But she got over it quickly and asked if we could do it all again. I think we will have to, maybe every year.
We say she, but we never found if there is a way to tell males from females, we hope ours were girls because we like to think that the little butterflies we raised will lay eggs and make more beautiful butterflies. We did learn a ton about these beautiful creatures during the time they spent with us. We ordered piles of books about them from the library, made so many butterfly and caterpillar crafts (I only got pictures of two) and even took a trip to the butterfly zoo in Tiverton. We also made our first ever lapbook, which was a lot of fun and I think I'd like to do more of those this year as we learn. I learned right along with the girls with this whole butterfly thing, who knew that caterpillars breathe through holes in their backs (which are called spiracles, by the way) or that butterflies taste with their feet! Everyone should raise butterflies, at least once. It's too amazing.