Sunday, August 17, 2008

Letting Go

Sprout received a butterly house for his birthday and really enjoyed watching as they transformed from caterpillars to Painted Lady Butterflies. The caterpillars arrived as larvae and transformed into pupas within 7 to 10 days. A few days later they crawled to the top of their container and hung upside down while they transformed into chrysalids. It was a great science lesson. Did you know that the Painted Lady butterfly has 10,000 eyes and tastes with her feet?!!

Once they had all transformed, we moved them to their new house and watched as the final transformation took place. The butterflies emerged about a week later and we picked flowers for them to eat. After a few days of watching them fly flutter around, it was time to let them go...


4 comments:

Amy said...

That's a great activity! We used to do that with the preschool kids every spring at St. Andrews.

MomToo said...

How wonderful to learn and foster our flora and fauna so early. Great job, Austin!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad he like his birthday present so much:)!!!!
Love ya
Shannon

The Pitter Patter Boutique said...

"Did you know that the Painted Lady butterfly has 10,000 eyes and tastes with her feet?!!" Gross!

I'm glad that worked for you guys and you're right, what a great science lesson.

If we had one here, I think they would fry! Or, Kouma would eat them which is what he is doing right now. Tormenting some poor bug, taking it into his mouth and then dropping it onto the scoulding hot pavement.