Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Bye bye butterflies


Bye bye butterflies, originally uploaded by tommiea1.

We have had a blast raising the butterflies. This morning the fifth butterfly came out of the chrysalis. The other four are now two days old. The little bit of sugar water, fresh flowers, and orange slices were enough for them for now. Since they were banging around into their little net house, we thought it was time to let them go.

This evening we carefully unzipped the little hut.........waiting patiently the first one flew out. It flitted around and flew into the tree in our front yard. I wasn't going to include this blurry pic of Livi, but it totally showed how excited she was. If you look closely, (or click on it, it takes you to the big one on Flickr), she kind of looks like she is three degrees of crazy.....not that that isn't too far from the truth!

One landed in the flower beds, long enough to snap a few pics. I think this was the one that was only a day old.

All in all, it was a great project. We will definitely do it again. It was almost two weeks to the day that we got five tiny, barely an inch long caterpillars and watched them turn in to beautiful Painted Lady butterflies.

10 comments:

MamaGeek said...

I really love this idea! And I'm amazed the whole process only took 2 weeks. It provided such great blog fodder and photo opps!

Patti said...

So neat! I love the pic of Livi too!

On a limb with Claudia said...

You know, it brings tears to my eyes. Most people, let alone children, never learn to love something then let it go. Looking at Livi's excitement for these tiny creatures.... It's awe inspiring.

You're doing good Tommie - hubby too. You can see it in her wish for these creatures to live their lives fully - even if it's without her. Wow.

Moi said...

sweet, Tommie....loved the whole concept and glad you introduced us to it.....and also Thanks for letting me be aware of where I can get the butterfly kit from.I shall go and get one for myself. No kids around here but I sure will like to see butterflies emerging out of chrysalis.

and watching Livi excited like that is a treat..:)

Corey~living and loving said...

That one blurry picture of Livi says it all. PRICELESS!

Thank you for sharing this experience with us. I will sooooooooo be doing this someday. Sugar will LOVE IT!

jennifer said...

You always do the coolest stuff with your kids.

Love the pictures, her expression says it all.

Monica said...

Look at Livi's face...how cute!

Janet said...

Oh, Tommie, that pic of Livi is just priceless! I can see her keeping that as an adult :-)

Rebecca said...

That is so cool. LOVE that pic of Livi! :)

baby~amore' said...

wow - what a great project.I have to read the full story now.

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