Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Butterfly, Butterfly

A few weeks ago, maybe even a month :/  we received our butterfly larva in the mail from Insect Lore.  This is always an exciting adventure!  Watching this metamorphosis take place is just incredible!
It seems I forgot to take shots of the caterpillars in the cup...
Once they hung in their chrysalis, it was time to pin them inside the net.
About a week later, this red spot caught our eye.  It's easy to mistake it for blood but, we learned it is actually meconium.
Before we knew it we had beautiful painted lady butterflies to observe.
We fed our butterflies with sugar water  which we dropped onto this pretty flower.

We read some great books and I printed out these worksheets from Enchanted Learning.

Honeybee enjoyed coloring this sheet and then making it in a mask.  (Very easy - just cut it out and tape a Popsicle stick to the back)
Buck had a hard time keeping his butterfly still for the pic :)
When it was time to let them go, this one didn't want to go.  Thanks little butterfly for hanging out a while and letting us admire your beauty!
I can't help but to think of the song from our "Barney" days,
"Butterfly- butterfly, happy all day,
Butterfly- butterfly, fly- fly away!"

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