Butterfly update

It’s been a while with an update as not been too well and didn’t want to be at the computer too much!

So what has happened? Well we have released all 4 ­čÖé

They all seemed to fly in the same direction up to the top of the roof and over the otherside of the house. We have seen alot of white butterflies around here and hope we see some painted lady around after doing this. I missed all 4 emerging out of the chrysalides! Putting washing on the line, making tea, you get the picture? I sat for an hour watching as it was moving, go put washing online and the butterfly is there on the side. So unfortunately no pictures or videos of this. I do have pictures of the last few days, and the release. It has been a fantastic opportunity and will definitely be ordering more caterpillars next year, hopefully get 5 next time as that seems to be the average number.

First 3 butterflies:

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Last butterfly:

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Caterpillars Day 4 – Day 9 (chrysalides)

I have took pictures most days still, but thought i would update in a block post whilst the caterpillars get bigger and ready to form into chrysalides.

I have 3 on day 9 in their chrysalides, with number 4 still crawling around them. This one is around 3/4days behind the others, really hoping it chrysalides soon so i can move them all into the netting together. If not then i’m not sure what i do with the 4th as the hang from some pad that came with the tub. Will see if i come to this point what insectlore suggest i do. I do hope number 4 makes it!

Pictures from Day 4-9, haven’t they got big quickly!?

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I never knew just how messy caterpillars were!

Insectlore live butterfly garden

If you haven’t heard about it and have young kids, go look! It is just fab. I have followed a few friends with them on facebook and had to get one for me and the kids. I say me as really i am more excited about it all than the kids! Link to where i bought them Insectlore live butterfly garden

So what is it?
You get sent a pot with some caterpillars in and a netted ‘garden’ for when the caterpillars are in their┬áchrysalides ready to emerge into butterflies, you then release them outside so they can continue the cycle.

I have decided to a day to day diary (with some odd days as exceptions when i’m a little too busy) so you can all share the life cycle of a caterpillar with us and watch us hopefully release some beautiful butterflies.

So today is day 1, we were just about to go out the door to do the morning school run when the doorbell rang and the package was delivered. I went for the package where they send the caterpillars with the ‘garden’ but you can opt for the garden to be sent and some vouchers for caterpillars, so you can order them when wanted. I didn’t want to wait, impatient? Yes.

We have 4 caterpillars, 3 quite big and 1 small one, all are on the move already. It did say in the instructions they may be still for a day or so, but so glad ours are all off on the move already. We have already got some silk forming too. The brown stuff in the bottom is the caterpillars food to feed on.

Meet our little caterpillars:

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