The idea is that you get to watch caterpillars grow, cocoon themselves and then hatch as painted lady butterflies before setting them free! Well, earlier this week, we set our painted ladies free! So, here are some pictures. :-)
I am a horrible science parent. I forgot to get pictures right when they arrived. Here is a picture of them a couple days before they moved into cocoon (or chrysalis) phase.
I took a quick trip to Chicago and I am glad they waited for me to get back before hatching! Uh...I mean, I am glad they waited for Des to come back from his mom's house before hatching. This is his project of course!
Kim and I were able to watch the last one emerge as it was happening! It was pretty rad! We got it on video to show Desmond later. He was back at Mom's.
Finally, it was time to release them.