raising caterpillars and releasing butterflies

May 24, 2012

Juliet received the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden for Christmas this year. She's been waiting all year to order the caterpillars so we could watch them change into butterflies. 

With spring finally here and temperature warm enough to release the butterflies, we got our caterpillars and had them in our home for the past several weeks. 

It was quite exciting and Juliet enjoyed checking on their changes and recording them in her observation journal every day. 

I have to admit, I've never seen a caterpillar change into a butterfly either, so it was just as exciting for me. 

We just released the butterflies and are back to just having our cat for a pet. 

We've been reading a lot of butterfly books lately (due to our recent guests). 

A Butterfly Is Patient is from our home collection--beautifully illustrated and we always love reading it.

Fun With Nature: Take Along Guide (Take Along Guides) is from the library (at a reader's suggestion) and is full of all kinds of information, but in particular, the first section is about butterflies and moths and has several activities suggested for more observation opportunities.

Have you ever raised caterpillars/butterflies? Also, please leave a comment with your favorite butterfly books!

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