September 14, 2009

Caterpillar Time!

It's that time of year here in cache Valley, and I assume other places as well, that those fuzzy little friends are all over the place. I have only raised butterflies with those mail order kits and I had no idea you could just raise one from the wild.

The kids found a caterpillar in the field that a neighbor told us would become a monarch butterfly. Joe told them they could give it a go. When he was a boy they would just let the things loose in the house and let them feed on house plants and eventually find a good spot to hang and transform from. So naturally Joe told the kids they could just let the little guy free in the house. Being the joy kill that I am, I limited the fella to the school room.

I had my doubts about our ability to keep Lenny alive (that's his name, by the way) until I found this wonderful site. Joyful Butterfly has all you need to know to just have butterflies coming out of your ears. After looking at the charts on this site I realized that Lenny didn't have a sporting chance the way we were keeping him and quickly got to work making more lush accommodations for him.

I think this will be fun. I recall doing it as a child with one of those mail-order kits, but this seems even better. Less commercial. We'll see if Lenny makes it and we'll post pictures of his progress!

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