Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Butterfly Release

Our Painted Lady butterflies have graced us with their presence for five days now.  They started emerging from their chrysalises on Friday with some hatching on the weekend.  The butterflies lived on orange slices and did well at that. 

There was one struggling to come out on Monday.  That one fell to the floor of the cage and when it did come out, it never really uncrumbled its' wings. I could see that it was not going to make it.  Happily for the class, one kind girl asked for the 'crippled' butterfly to care for it at home.  She had it a day when it escaped - luckily - I thought.

So today we embarked to the apple orchard to release our remaining few.  How active they were in the cage!  It must have been the warmth of the sunshine.  Everybody got to hold them, with some butterflies escaping in the process.  We were able to observe them as they fluttered from flower to flower.  They stayed in the area and we could still track them as we left for the lunch bell was ringing.


  1. Beautiful post! It's always exciting to watch the amazing egg to butterfly cycle. Where did you get the eggs for these butterflies?

  2. Linda, These butterflies came from a kit! I bought a butterfly garden which included a certificate. Last year I had the same caterpillars from a science supplier. They send their flyer every spring. Next year I will get them from this supplier again as I had a really difficult time finding some that were not very steeply priced.