Friday, May 18, 2012

Painted Lady Butterflies

We had a BLAST with our butterfly habitat!  Sammy was giving this for Christmas from his Uncle Dave and Aunt Lisa and it was spot on gift for him.  The hard part was waiting until it was warm enough so we could order them and release them (instead of them living in captivity until they die.. that would have been too traumatic for Sammy my living creature lover)!

Sammy watching one of the butterflies dry its wings out after coming out of the chrysalis:

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At the bottom of this picture you can see a piece of paper  safety pinned into the habitat.  When you order the caterpillars they come in a container with their own food and this filter paper at the top and a lid.  You leave the caterpillars in there while they grown and while they spin their chrysalis.  Once all of them have done this you move the paper into the habitat.  Then you wait and wait and wait until the butterflies come out!  Sammy loved this whole process.. watching the caterpillars grow.. watching them make the chrysalis and coming out of the chrysalis.  I knew he would love interacting with the butterflies since we took him to an exhibit.  Since we had been to the exhibit we knew just how to get the butterflies onto our fingers and we loved setting them free!

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Sammy with nectar on his finger trying to get one of the butterflies out:

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Sitting on our deck chair:

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Sammy was so calm and gentle and loved every second of this.  We will have to do this again next year:

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Stretching out its wings:

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Sammy got this picture of the butterfly on my hand:

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My creature love in his element:

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The  butterfly was walking up his arm and it tickled but he held as still as possible so it wouldn't fly away:

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I need to print this one out:

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We took them down to the grass to set them free and one hung around for a while:

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Next thing we knew we had two of them:

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Pure Joy:

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The best picture I got of our painted lady butterflies:

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What fun this was and we look forward to doing it again next spring!  Thanks Dave, Lisa, Kylee and Kira for such a fun present Sammy loved it!