Three. It is such a fun and magical age. Each year just gets better and better. And with it, activities we can do together that can span over longer periods of time. Lessons in the cycle of life, mathematics, biology, and most importantly, in such a time of instant gratification, patience. A whole month was a long time for a 3 year old, but the smile and excitement was well worth the wait. Plus, with three, I can still fib to her and she knows no difference.
I purchased some caterpillars off Amazon and they arrived on April 24th. Ordered 10, got 11. Along with a caterpillar to butterfly book and butterfly home. I don’t ever remember caring for caterpillars as a child and viewing such transformation. So, the was just as exciting for me as well.
Just a week later, they started forming their cocoons.
Of the 11 caterpillars we received, 7 of them became viable cocoons. Maya named them – Jake, Izzy, Chubby, Captain Hook, Mr. Shmee, Sharky, and Bones (Can you tell her favorite cartoon at the moment!?!?!)
Our first butterfly emerged almost 2 weeks later on May 14th.
All 7 cocoons did have a butterfly emerge but 3 succumbed to a display of survival of the fittest. Their wings never fully flatted out, remaining wrinkled, disabling them to be able to eat and move away from the other active butterflies.
We held onto them for about 6 days, which proved quite challenging in a household that has 3 cats!
The best part of the whole experience was the night that we released the butterflies, I went to close Maya’s bedroom blinds and noticed a moth on the screen outside. I called her to come look and told her that one butterfly came back to thank her for taking such good care of them. The moth gave her a minute or so to view and say “you’re welcome” before flying off. (Thank you insane miller moth invasion of Denver)