On Saturday, we decided that it was time for us to release our butterflies. Since the Johnsons have a desert landscaped backyard, we decided that it would be better for the butterflies if we let them go in the Combs’ backyard. This whole process was too much fun to only post on our school site, so we decided to share it on our family site as well!
It was a beautiful day to be outside. We waited ’til all the kids were up from their naps so that we could all enjoy this experience. We’ve had these butterflies from when they were brand new caterpillars. We watched then eat and grow bigger then turn into crysalids (coccoon) and then hatch into these great monarch butterflies! The kids had a complete BLAST watching the whole process. It was TOTALLY worth the $3.00 it cost to have the caterpillars shipped to our house. I’m still so amazed at this whole process. As a kid, I remember seeing diagrams of how their life cycle worked but to see it first-hand was something completely different. I’m sure we’ll be doing it again in the future!
We caught some of it on video. Sorry, it’s not that steady. I was trying to get a good view and trying to keep Joseph from stepping on some of the other butterflies that had already flown out of the habitat.
If you look closely, those are little clementines on the floor of the habitat. All we did was cut them in half and poke them a couple times with a knife. This is a great way to feed butterflies. You have to make sure that you don’t just set out a bowl of sugar water or juice because they will drown in the liquid. If you’re going to do something like that, you should stuff a couple cotton balls or some gauze in the bottom of the container so that it soaks up all the liquid. This will make it so that the butterflies have a place to land and can still access the nectar. Benjamin LOVED feeding the butterflies. They would tickle his arm and land on his hand. It was the best form of entertainment ever!!!
After the last one flew the coop, we watched where it landed- right in Papa’s garden (just like we planned). After watching if for a few minutes you would think that the kids would be done and over it, but not these three! Every time it moved or twitched the kids would be squeaking and shrieking, and in Joseph’s case, clapping for joy!!!
We managed to get one to crawl onto my hand, which I then maneuvered so that it would crawl onto Benjamin’s hand. Emma was thrilled, but kept her distance. She has this thing about flying bugs- in that she doesn’t necessarily like them!
Benjamin was able to walk the butterfly, while still on his finger, over to a couple nice smelling flowers. I really have no idea what they were, but they smelled amazing! We watched as the butterfly probed with its probocist for the nectar from the flowers.
These are the moments that I live for as a mother teaching her kids from home! I live to see the pure joy that comes from a butterfly taking flight, or Benjamin remembering the technical name for body parts and activities.