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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Raising Caterpillars {Finished Friday} come link up your finished projects, too!

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A couple of years ago my friend, Kristin, posted about her children's experience raising caterpillars. I filed the idea away for when my own children were a little older.

Well, this year the timing was finally right...and we just happened to find two large swallowtail caterpillars munching on the carrot tops in our garden.

Our carrots were very pleased to be rid of their plump and unwelcome guests and our kiddos were thrilled with their new pets.

Thankfully, both of our caterpillars were almost to the chrysalis stage as Tim really couldn't stand cutting off any more of our carrot tops to feed these little "pests."

Mrs. Little (named by Emahry because she was...little) and Mr. Big (yes, the creativity abounds) began the chrysalis stage one day apart and emerged as beautiful butterflies less than two weeks later. Of course, those two weeks were tortuously long for our kids as they checked on the caterpillars several times each day.

Throughout our waiting we enjoy reading about caterpillars and butterflies. Our favorite book was Bob and Otto that tells the story of a friendship between a caterpillar and an earthworm.

Mrs. Little was the first to complete the transformation and was so ready to fly that the only photo we have of her release is the kids waving to her as she flew over our patio fence.

Mr. Big, however, was still readying his wings when we discovered him, so we were able to enjoy him a little bit longer.


I don't think I ever raised a caterpillar as a child. If I did, I certainly don't remember it, so this was a learning experience for me as well.

I hope this caterpillar raising will become a yearly tradition in our family...it's definitely worth repeating!

Since Kristin did such a great job simplifying the process, I'm not going to try to reinvent the wheel. Just head on over to her post for directions on how to raise your own caterpillars.

Today's Questions: Have you ever raised caterpillars? Is it something you'd like to do with your children?
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4 Comments:

Blogger being mom{me} said...

Thanks for hosting. I linked the skirt I just made my daughter for the 4th of July.
I think my daughters would live raising caterpillars - Thanks for the idea.

June 15, 2012 at 12:19 AM  
Blogger ~Babychaser~ said...

We're raising some now. Ordered some Painted Lady Caterpillars from here.

Actually, we made it a birthday gift. We try not to have too much "stuff" around our small home, and that includes tons of toys. But with lots of grandparents, what are we to do? I put the butterfly kit on a birthday list and we got it. Then when warm weather came I sent in the coupon for the actual caterpillars. We've been enjoying them a little more than a week and two of them are in chrysalis stage as of today. I'm enjoying it as much as they are.

I'm planning to put it back on the Christmas list this year as we have a coupon code good through the end of the year. They when warm weather comes, we'll do it again!

June 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger The Monko said...

your butterflies are lovely. Ours were painted ladies which are orange and brown (like monarch butterflies) but yours are so much cooler (slightly jealous maybe).

June 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM  
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