It was that time of year again recently when I buy little tiny tiny caterpillars for the pre-school so the children can watch them turn into butterflies.
Every year this project makes me feel like a child again, I get so excited when the magic box arrives in the post :-)
We all got busy and popped the food into separate containers and then added 2 baby caterpillars to each little pot.
We then pop tissue paper over the top and then put the lid on, this is so that the caterpillars have something to make their cocoon on.
They really are so tiny when they first arrive, here is a photo of one on my finger to give you an idea of scale.
After a couple of weeks watching them eat and grow they turn into cocoons. They then stay in there for another couple of weeks before they hatch out in all their splendor to reveal their new body shape - it is so magical. We keep two at home and pre-school have the rest - theirs always seem to hatch a little earlier, not sure if it is the temperature of the pre-school being a bit higher than our home or that the noise levels in our house make the butterflies want to stay hidden for that little bit longer lol :-)
Then comes my favourite bit, letting the children release them into the garden and watching where they go ........
Nature really is rather amazing! To see photos of the full life cycle click here - Butterfly life cycle.