As part of our Animal Life-Cycles unit in science, our class had the opportunity to raise Painted Lady Butterflies. The kids were amazed to watch them change from caterpillars to chrysalises to butterflies!
They arrived to us as tiny little caterpillars, but after only a few days they had more than doubled in size. We learned that a caterpillar will molt, or shed its skin, 4 or 5 times until they have reached full size.
After a week and a half, we had our first chrysalis, and the rest soon followed. We hung them up in shoebox homes covered with cling wrap:
A week later, we arrived back from our field trip to find 3 butterflies had emerged. The next day, every time we went to check on our shoeboxes, another butterfly had appeared. Soon we had a classroom full of fluttering butterflies!
This week, it was time to let our new friends go. There were a lot of excitement, and a few tears, as we released our butterflies in the schoolyard. Several were hesitant to leave their homes and owners:
This was an experience to remember and we all learned a ton!