A few weeks ago I introduced you to the caterpillars that were to be our butterfly family of 2012. Well this is the continuation of their story. We had eight caterpillars in all and each of them turned into beautiful butterflies. When I asked Mr. A when he thought we should release them he gave me a day nearly two weeks out! I was not so into the idea of having to feed and maintain butterflies for that long but I went with it. However, about three days in he surprised me. The weather was gorgeous and there was a perfect breeze. We had been playing outside all afternoon after school and when we came in we went up to his room to feed the butterflies. He surprised me by saying “Mom, we should really let them go today…. It’s the right thing to do” How sweet. My heart melted just a little bit. Now, hubby will tell you there was a little of (what he calls) jedi-mind tricking going on on my part. You see, while we were outside playing that day I mused about what a beautiful day it was and how much the butterflies would love this kind of weather…
Here are a few pictures of our butterfly family from this year. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Raising butterflies is a project that, for us, never gets old. Mr. A enjoyed it so much this year we may even order another batch of caterpillars and have a second go of it later in the summer. It’s always amazing to see the transformation. The babycakes even enjoyed sitting with us watching the butterflies fly around their habitat on occasion. We had the added treat this year of being able to see one of the butterflies as it was emerging.
The day we let them go, it really was a beautiful day. Those butterflies were very happy to be set free. As soon as the breeze hit their habitat they started fluttering around like crazy. A few of them flew out right away and a couple needed a little hand from A (which he was happy to lend).
Now it’s your turn!
We want to see your butterfly families too. If you have a post about your experience raising butterflies this year, link it up here! If you haven’t raised butterflies that’s ok too. Feel free to link up any butterfly craft or activity you have done recently. The linky will be open all summer (until Sept 1st) so feel free to come back and add to it, or just visit.