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If you’ve followed me on Facebook at all, you will see we’ve been growing caterpillars into butterflies for the last month or so.

Right around the time we were preparing for the sale of our old house, my youngest son (Uriah) developed a fascination and love for caterpillars. As an Easter gift for the kids, my sister-in-law sent them a kitย to grow butterflies. (Amazon links at the bottom for your caterpillar growing pleasure.)

Little did I know that I would love the process so much. Every day I would check on them and note their progress. When they arrive they’re maaaaaayyyybe half and inch long and super skinny.

(They come five to a container and it has everything they need to grow and turn into chrystalides at which point they’ve attached themselves to the top.)

Within a week they’re giant, over and inch long, fat, and fuzzy!

I so enjoyed watching the process. All of it. They were really just a joy to watch. The lifecycles of nature truly are miraculous and amazing.

My sister-in-law came last week with her kids…and on the day they showed up the first butterfly emerged. I think I was the most excited of everyone. Obviously I’m easily entertained.๐Ÿ˜‚ So I was really happy that she got to witness her present do its thing.

In the haste to open their kit which comes with everything you need to successfully grow your caterpillars into butterflies, the kids accidentally threw out the little “log” that holds the lid to which the caterpillars attach themselves. So I had to order one quickly!! It came with another jar of caterpillars!! Yay!

We released our first batch over the course of a few days because they emerged at different times. They appeared ready to leave their little net so we took them outside and away they flew. I was a little sad they didn’t hang around but immediately flew up and away from the yard doing their own little butterfly ๐Ÿฆ‹ thing.

As a homeschooling parent to young kids, this was a great science lesson. Along with the kit, my sister-in-law sent along two very fun and informative books all about the lifecycle of a butterfly. In my opinion, it’s a great thing to do for someone of any age. I’ll order more. Plus we get to help with pollination!๐Ÿ˜Š

Insect Lore also offers Ladybug ๐Ÿž habitats. That’s probably going to be next for us.

Can’t wait to work with more ๐Ÿ› bugs.

In the meantime, get yours here…

She also sent along these awesome books that the kids enjoyed.

Until next time…



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