I always liked the (apparently apocryphal) story of an English king with a stutter accidentally calling what was previously known as a “flutter by” a “butterfly”, and everyone else following suit so as not to embarrass the monarch. Based on some googling, it appears they’ve actually been called butterflies for some mysterious reason that reaches far back into the murky parts of language history. But I’ll stick with my stuttering king. Whatever you call them, I never get tired of the magic of metamorphosis, and as such I’m on the mailing list of Insect Lore, whose live insect kits are my absolute favorites. We’ve raised many caterpillars (both purchased and found) into butterflies in our butterfly garden, not to mention the generations of spotted lovelies who’ve come through our ladybug land. So when I got an email that it was caterpillar weather and painted ladies were on 2 for 1 special, I got on it. Two cups of teeny caterpillars arrived promptly
We put them in a warm spot by the gecko’s tank and they grew prodigiously
Within a few short weeks they were hanging in J’s from the lid of their cups
And soon after they had developed their beautiful golden chrysalises
My daughter carefully pinned the paper holding the pupae into the butterfly garden and we settled in to wait a bit more
One morning when the kids were at school, I noticed something exciting!
Almost all hatched on the same day. We enjoyed their fluttering for a few days, then released them into our garden
Now what I’ve looked at their website for the links above, I see they have a praying mantis kit… Now I know what’s next!
2 thoughts on “Butterflies”
Could their lives be more idyllic? I can’t imagine how. Your house is a menagerie of amazing creatures. I admire your stamina in feeding, cleaning and replacing them all as necessary. I will add, however, that if I intentionally brought an insect into our home, my children would instantly flee.
Ha ha ha, thank you- as you know, our cats have mange or something, and our hamster recently escaped and has not been found (!) so my bailiwick seems to be small humans and insects as opposed to the creatures in the middle…