Hatching Butterflies

10:23 AM Katy 3 Comments

This was so unexpected:
 When I built the kids' garden, I did briefly muse that it would make an excellent butterfly enclosure. Then I promptly forgot all about that and moved on to building cabinets. It turns out that the herbs we planted (dill and parsley) are very yummy to Swallowtail butterflies.

My daughter found the caterpillars all over our (pathetic looking) parsely plant. We googled this like crazy and figured out what to do. This is an empty milk jug that I filled with water. Then I cut a strawberry carton in half, cut a hole in the middle of it and slid it over the jug opening.
 Then we crammed a couple sticks and a whole bunch of parsely into the top, hopefully so the parsely will stay fresh longer. (I should have flipped that lid upside down so the edges were facing up.)
 We only have 4 caterpillars left. I think the rest died from the shock of being handled. At least that's what I would do if I were one of them!

 Then they spun their cocoons and we moved the stick into a butterfly cage.
In the end only two of them hatched, but they were gorgeous!

I'm not sure what the overall lesson is: most of us are meant to be bird food, but the lucky few get to be gorgeous and fly?

Okay, I'm soooo negative. ;)

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  1. love this. you're in the thick of it all right now, but the day is coming when you will see over and over again how good of a mom you are. show them the way. you do! all the time.

  2. Katy,
    Such a beautiful butterfly!
    dee dee


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