Saturday, May 10, 2008

Miracles of Spring

We have been enjoying an exciting experience recently at the Hilling household. A couple weeks ago, we sent off for live caterpillars. The children received this gift for your own butterfly habitat from Grammy and Grampy. They arrived in a special container with their own food supply included. It was fun to watch them literally grow overnight! They got so fat! The children watched them crawl around and eat. The girls named them all -- there were four.

After about a week, they had what they call their "J" day. This is when they hang from the top in the shape of a "J".
Then they begin to form their chrysalids. They can be in their chrysalids for 7 - 10 days. So, now we are watching them closely for that magical moment when they emerge as beautiful Painted Lady butterflies! What a miracle! They look so lifeless right now. It's hard to imagine anything spectacular going on. We will keep you posted on their progress.
Aside from the butterfly adventure, the children and I enjoyed gathering lilacs for a bouquet today. I love their beauty and fragrance! I like to bring some inside where I can enjoy them more.


Kelly S said...

What a great gift! Katie would love that!

Florida Bozone Bunch said...

I think it is so neat that you get to see the wonderful process. I am looking forward to seeing the butterflies. By the way, the lilacs are beautiful--I would love to have a bouquet for the table. Mom has been telling me how gorgeous they are.

Karalynne said...

I love your miracles of spring. Thanks for inviting me in to see your butterfly. How exciting that was! I'll be anxious to see the final pictures! I had a lot of fun making your plant up for you. I'm so glad you like it! Thanks for being such a great friend!