We were lucky enough to receive a butterfly habitat for Christmas so we were excited to get some baby caterpillars this spring and watch their amazing transformation. And AMAZING it was. I mostly did it for my preschoolers but really the whole family got involved and it was so much fun. We ordered 5 caterpillars and all 5 made it through the entire life cycle. When they came they were teeny-tiny. We got to watch them munch and much and get really fat. The rest you can see in the pictures:
This is a picture of the caterpillar preparing to make the chrysallis. It looked like this; I went in the kitchen and ate lunch; and when I was done it was in the chrysallis--crazy!
Soon, more joined the chrysallis stage.
Once they were all their chrysallis' we moved them to the butterfly habitat so they would be there when they hatched. The girls loved pushing the stool over to check on them and it was so exciting when they started hatching! We fed them sugar water on fresh flowers and also fresh cut oranges.
I released 4 of them with my preschoolers but we had a late bloomer that hatched late. I promised Cyrena she could release the last one. She tried to get it on her finger but it was more interested in joining the real world! We will definitely be doing this again.