Butterfly Hatching Project

Grandma sent the kids a little project (which I agreed to as it was just 2 weeks with "pets") and it was definitely a hit! We raised 10 little butterflies and Jack & EJ loved every second of it!

This is right before the chrysalises were moved to the big habitat...


The transfer


The only spot on the first floor where they wouldn't be in the hot sunlight and wouldn't be knocked over all the time (although Matt & I both walked right into it quite a bit the first day or so).


Hatching has begun (sorry about all the random blood in these pics...who knew that butterflies left meconium behind...gross!).


Hanging out...the butterflies really didn't do much while they hung out in the habitat, but...


there was still a lot of this going down around the table for the last few days!


The kids got a few extra days with the butterflies due to rainstorms and wanting Daddy to be home for the big release, but this morning was the perfect time to say good-bye.


The butterflies didn't really seem to "get" flying out, so we ended up taking them out and setting them on the flowers in the garden. Then they flew away one by one.


Matt transferring the butterflies (I think they would have hung out on our hands all morning).


The gateway flower...


Of 10 butterflies, we did have one problem. The paper disk folded over on this guy and only one wing came out. We thought he may have died (we didn't see any of the other ones emerge, so we assume it's a fairly quick process).


Matt did a little chrysalis surgery just in case...


He wasn't dead, but he spent the next few days lying on his side...


because he only had one wing. Poor "One Wing" (as we named him)...but the thing is, he really adapted and got around well. When he drank the sugar water, he tended to lay on his side, but he could climb up to the top of the habitat and by the last day, he could even walk around (before that he was toppling over a lot). We let him go by low flowers and are hoping for the best for him. He was gone about 3 hours later (Jack checked & thinks he found a better home).


Overall, this was a great experience for the kids (and a nice positive one after our last animal encounter where we had dead tadpoles!). They had a lot of fun watching each stage and talked to the butterflies each day at the table this week. There were some tears after the release this morning, but also a lot of talk about how happy the butterflies would be out in the world!
southern daze said...

What a fun family activity! After spending time raising them I probably would have shed more than a few tears when they were released. It will be cool to see how the kids react when they see butterflies from here on out since I'm sure they'll wonder if they were one of "theirs."

Anonymous said...

Lol, little one wing, its so sad.
:c

Anonymous said...

Lol, little one wing, its so sad.
:c

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