Well we got the caterpillars in the mail already & they were living in their self-feeding containers. The caterpillars turned into chrysalis's about a week later ... and
It's actually a pretty neat thing to experience, and I decided we will do this again with Julianna when she is old enough to understand the butterfly life cycle.
So anyway ... we have these 8 beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies fluttering around in their habitat. We give them fresh orange slices every night... and they seem happy. For now. I am hoping I don't wake up one morning before the party (May 30th) to find 8 dead Butterflies.
I have a plan to do a "Very Hungry Caterpillar" story time and then do the butterfly release for the kids at the end. I thought it would be exciting. What won't be exciting is 8 butterflies that croak before May 30th. They are supposed to live 2-4 weeks. The party brings us right to the 2 week deadline. Cross your fingers. I also want them to live so they get to see the light of day and go pollinate and do what butterflies do. It's great for the environment.
I would really love to get a picture of a Julianna holding a butterfly, but I'm scared she might try to eat it. She tries to eat everything. That would probably not be a good thing ... for the butterfly or Julianna.
In this picture, they are still kind of brownish in color. But in the last day, they started to turn a pretty orange color (shown in the 2nd picture) - Butterflies are really quite beautiful creatures.