Last night we picked up our butterfly hatching kit from the Education Station. The raising container contains everything that the caterpillars need to to grow and the 8-10 caterpillars should begin their transformation in 7-10 days, into chrysalides.
Want to hatch your own? There are kits available for as early as May 13. If you want to hatch your own, kits are still available from Education Station and can be ordered online, or you can stop by your local Education Station store.
The kids were enthralled watching them crawl around the container and through the container I let Olivia measure them with a ruler because it’s expected that they’re going to get quite a bit bigger. They’re living on the mantle up where they can stay free of shaking from Violet, who keeps yelling ‘worm‘ at them. Olivia keeps explaining to her that they are going to transform, and it’s wonderful to see her take on a teaching role – and amazing to see how much information she actually absorbs when I’m talking and think she’s tuning me out.
We found more information, here, including printable activities about painted lady butterflies.
The caterpillars are going to shed their skin and continue to grow over the next week, it’s going to be interesting to watch them grow and explain the life cycle to Olivia as we learn together in her first official science experiment.
The process of growing the butterflies is expected to take about three weeks, and after they grow we’re going to release them and end the entire process with a butterfly picnic.