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Have you ever raised a butterfly from a caterpillar with your kids? If your kids are little do you think you will in the future with them?
This is honestly something I never thought I'd do. The thought of crawly things in my house is not my idea of a good time. Yet here we are with our second set of caterpillars. We raised 2 Monarch caterpillars a couple of years ago and now we're raising 2 Black Swallowtail caterpillars. Right now they are both crystallises one a little farther along than the other. I never thought I'd enjoy doing this.
I can link my FB albums if anyone has never done wants to see the transitions.
We did kill one this year, I felt so bad! I mixed up what the poor little guy ate and poisoned him. Try explaining that to the kids. Now that I've done my proper research the two we have now are doing great!
we did it with the kids I nannied a few years ago. I thought it was totally gross! But a lot of other families did it at the same time, and had a 'butterfly release party' once they had all 'hatched' (or whatever you call that!)
DD1 got me into this after SK when they did it in the classroom. It took some convincing but I finally agreed to try it with her. I've learned a lot about caterpillars and butterflies too in the process. I want to try other kinds of butterflies now that I know about them all being slightly different in the way they change and what their cocoon looks like and such.
I knew for Monarchs that they grew lived on milkweed, so that one was easy. The Black Swallowtails were by accident. I thought I had found a misplaced Monarch until I looked him up. Then I thought hey, why not?
If you grow dill, parsley or carrots in your garden look for them there.