The Very Hungry Caterpillar

June 10, 2010

The boys are into bugs these days.  All kinds of bugs.  Gav likes to look.  Liam likes to squish.  Tate likes to eat. Go figure.  So I ordered this. (The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle IS one of our favs after all).  I thought it would be fun for the boys to actually see and experience the changes a caterpillar goes through.

It’s crazy that these little guys came in the mail all safe and snug in a box with packing peanuts!  This photo was taken about a week after they arrived.  The caterpillars started out way smaller than this and we were seriously amazed every morning at how much bigger they had gotten overnight.  Once they had each formed cocoons at the top of the container, we transferred them to the nifty little butterfly hut where we anxiously awaited the arrival of beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies.  

The red stuff is meconium!  Isn’t that crazy?! Even caterpillars! No one ever said nature was pretty!  Well……….. maybe SOME people say it is……………………

Look what we found this morning when we checked on the cocoons!

5 out of 10 butterflies have emerged and are “drying” out their wings.  Two more are about half way out of their cocoons and I’m sure they’ll be drying their wings by morning.  Gavin gets to feed them when he wakes up tomorrow and he’s SO excited.  A cotton ball soaked in sugar water or orange juice is a tasty treat for these little ladies.

With a life span of 2 weeks to 2 months, we will only keep these beauties for a short time before releasing them (only after we name each one, per Liam’s request).

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5 Responses to “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

  1. Manda said

    We bought the exact same thing at Costco this past Christmas for Madeline. We sent for our caterpillars at the end of April and went through the whole process. Very fun to watch! We released them about a week after they all hatched on a beautifully sunny Saturday. The next day was the coldest weather ever for May. We are sure they all froze to death. It was very sad.

    • recoveringgavin said

      Ha Manda! The very first butterfly we released was swooped by a bird! Fortunately the boys didn’t see it happen otherwise I’m sure they would have been traumatized!

  2. someone special is at the door . . . it's GRANDMA!! said

    Love the butterflies! But actually, this comment is about your header photo: What a beautiful pic of Gav! Seriously, just yesterday as I checked your blog, I was thinking how little he looked in the pic you had up there. So, nice timing with an updated pic!
    (And I spy towel-be-loud!)

  3. aunt katie said

    I love that you guys are “out exploring natures” and all, but those things creep me out. I think it was the speedy growth process like as we were setting the table for dinner, they were only an inch long then as we were clearing the plates, they were FOUR inches long. I can’t handle it.

    Also, I love Mr. Gavin so much. I love your new pic of him!!!!

  4. erica said

    1. I love the new banner pic as well.

    2. Come visit and I’ll show you some beautiful nature.

    3. Is it bad that ser-i-ous-ly my first thought was, “ok, so if I have boys do I have to buy them bugs and keep the bugs IN MY HOSUE?”

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