I’ve taken a forced vacation from my blog for a couple of weeks due to computer problems. We haven’t left our yard much though and we’ve been busy with our animals, gardening and lots of homeschooling.
The kids collected 8 monarch caterpillars last week and put them in a container with lots of scarlet milkweed. The caterpillars chomped right through the milkweed quickly, so we just kept adding fresh plants every day. We added a stick with no leaves inside the container so the caterpillars would have a place to form their chrysalides. They did and we’ve had 2 butterflies emerge so far. Our 3-year-old keeps a constant watch over the container which sits on our kitchen table as a centerpiece. She yells out, “Mariposa’s awake!” whenever a butterfly breaks out of its chyrsalis. She’s always the first one to notice.
Don’t these photos make you want to go out and find some caterpillars? It’s been a great centerpiece for our kitchen table.
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