"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Bomey & her 4 Painted Ladies

What a process in patience this was. Simone first spied the "Butterfly Treehouse" at Target about a month before her birthday. Fast forward 30 days later, she receives it as a gift.

Step two: send out order form to receive caterpillars via mail. No online ordering either, this was old school business. 2 1/2 weeks later, the caterpillars finally arrive. We keep them in their self-sufficient container for another week waiting for them to form their chrysalis's.

Finally, suspended from the lid, we (and by "we", I mean Rich because they were kinda eeew) carefully hang them in the Treehouse where we wait another week until one day, I happen to notice 4 butterflies fluttering by (nod to Dear Mr. Henshaw anyone, anyone??).

Anyway, why I forgot to take pics of the first two stages I have no idea, but at last... the release...Poor little buggers spent 5 of their 7-10 day life span in the Treehouse but boy did they know how to fly when they got out. Crazy and fast- up, up, up and out of sight. Simone ran in circles yelling to them, "Goodbye! I love you!"

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