Raising Butterflies

17 Oct

In August, I was taking a walk during my lunch break and I found a monarch caterpillar.  I decided to bring it home so that Hazel could watch it grow into a butterfly.  I found a large glass jar and put some milkweed in it for the caterpillar to eat.  One Friday I came home and the caterpillar was nowhere to be found.  I didn’t know what happened to it, but since it was out of the jar it was fair game for Hazel, Mila, or the Roomba.  When I went back to work Monday, a coworker had brought in some milkweed for me.  I broke the sad news that the caterpillar was missing.  I was about to toss the milkweed when we spotted, of all things, a tiny monarch caterpillar on it.  So, I brought it home to try again (this time with a better lid on the jar).  A couple of weeks later we found the first “missing” caterpillar.  It had crawled up the trim on our window and turned into a cocoon.  So, in the end, Hazel got to raise two monarch butterflies.

monarch hatching on our window

 

fishing the butterfly out of the jar

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One Response to “Raising Butterflies”

  1. Shannon October 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    That’s so cool! What a great experience for Hazel and Dad! What do monarch caterpillars look like?

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