Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Letting Our Butterflies Go!

I have seen so many homeschool bloggers posts on raising butterflies with their kids, that I needed to give it a try. It seemed like a fun way to let the boys understand metamorphosis and have more appreciation for other living things. 

We ordered the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden. First you get the mesh pop up habitat you can see in the picture, then you redeem a coupon that comes in the box for 5 caterpillars to arrive by mail (which required $5 for shipping). 

The caterpillars bulk up on the supplied food, shed their skin many times, and then hang upside down on a paper disc on top of the cup. They then form their chrysalises. We then carefully removed the paper disc, cleaned up their webbing and hung the disc to the side of the mesh habitat. And waited!

And after about 7 days, butterflies emerged, subhanAllah! They had small wings at first that quickly grew as they stretched and pumped blood into their veins. We got to see the butterflies move their proboscis (straw-like tongue) in and out, that was pretty cool.

The butterflies need to be feed with sugar water sprinkled on flowers. We kept them for a few days and then it was time for them to fly!

It didn't take long for them to realize they were free. Off they went!

The boys hope to see them in the yard, inshaallah.

We had a great experience ordering this kit, getting the shipments and email reminders on time. I would recommend the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden for a great hands on project.

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