“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” – Rabindranath Tagore
I had mentioned before how I’m always getting interesting mail. Well sometimes that includes caterpillars. Loretta’s Butterflies visited my youngest daughters class a few weeks ago and she was so excited to watch the life of a butterfly for herself. Loretta was kind enough to send us two caterpillars that we checked on everyday to see what they were doing.
The stage in which we received our butterflies was their larva stage, or caterpillar. During this stage the butterfly is eating and growing. As it grows it sheds it’s skin four times to make room for new growth. It was amazing to watch how quickly the caterpillars were changing.
We then woke up one morning to see our caterpillars had entered the pupa stage, or chrysalis. While in the chrysalis, tissue is broken down and the adult insect’s structures are formed. The butterfly stays in the chrysalis stage for only a short period of time and before you know it a butterfly has emerged! Unfortunately we missed the actual event but it was just as exciting to see how beautiful our little caterpillars had become.
I don’t have many flowers in my garden so once our butterflies were able to fly they took off to a better habitat but if you love seeing butterflies in your garden there are several flowers available that will attract them and other insect pollinators. Some of these plants include: cone flowers, sunflowers, marigolds, cosmos, poppies, some lillies, asters, daisies, milkweed, and more! It can be so much fun to plan your garden around the butterflies and be able to sit back and watch these beautiful insects flying around your yard.
Do you grow butterfly garden? Have you ever watched a butterfly go through it’s lifecycle? It’s such a great learning activity for the whole family.