Some creepy, crawly, furry guests have taken up residence at our house and we actually invited them! That’s right — the caterpillars have arrived! Big Sis has been looking forward to raising some caterpillars who will one day (soon) become Painted Lady butterflies! How cool is that? I don’t remember getting this excited about science when I was growing up!
We ordered them from Insect Lore (Big Sis earned the money herself by selling wreaths at Christmastime. I’m so proud of her!) . They ship 5 and guarantee that at least 3 will mature. Right now, we seem to have 5 thriving caterpillars!
I cannot believe how much the caterpillars have grown already in just in a few days! And I thought my babies grew quickly!
We’re doing this Butterfly lapbook from Hands of a Child to accompany the live specimens. Big Sis is learning about all the many different types of butterflies and their life cycle.
Now, some funny reactions to their arrival. Remember that Big Sis is a non-stop talker:
Big Sis: Wow, they’re cool! They’re gross! Are they sleeping? (It takes them a little bit to “perk up” when they arrive.) Why do such ugly things become beautiful butterflies? Bugs are creepy you know. Do you think they’re sad since the rest of their family must be in California (where the box was shipped from)? At least they have each other. They must be sisters, so that’s good.
DH: How do you know there aren’t any boys?
Big Sis: Because they’re Painted Ladies! What boy would want to be called a lady? Then they would be Painted Men!
Makes sense, right?
Me: No way am I touching those gross things! I don’t care if they are in a jar. There are live bugs in our house! Ack!
*shudder* Yeah, I’d never make it as a scientist.
Stay tuned for the continuing saga . . .