Friday, May 8, 2015


A few weeks ago the kids were playing out in the front yard and came running in because they found a caterpillar.  They were so excited I had to see.  Once I was out there we found another, and another...and another. We found about 12 plus caterpillars.  We put them in an old plastic coffee container.  I poked a bunch of holes in the lid and we put sticks and leaves in there too.  

I wasn't exactly sure what we were going to do with all these caterpillars really, it was just crazy how many of them we found all over our front yard.  

I was curious what kind of caterpillars these were because I have never seen black ones, only green.  So I googled it and turns out they are Mourning Cloak Caterpillars . It showed what pretty butterflies they would eventually become, with pretty blue spots.  

Well before we knew it within a few days they caterpillars had all made cocoons on the lid of the container. 

( Sorry for the bad quality of the first two photos, they were taken with my iphone )

I thought it would take a long time for them to turn into butterflies, so we just kept them in there to see what would happen.
When we had caught the caterpillars, we missed a few and they made a cocoon on the roof of the front porch.  So just the other day we noticed in the garage there was a butterfly on Chloe's bike. I thought it looked exactly like the photo of what the caterpillars would turn into.  So I grabbed the bucket and saw through the holes that there were butterflies inside.  Since it was time to pick up the boys from school, I got them and we hurried home.

We opened the container lid and out flew out so many beautiful butterflies.  I was able to snap a few photos before this one flew off.  They are so pretty.  

It was so exciting that we were able to see the entire cycle of life for these butterflies.  We caught them as caterpillars, they made their cocoons, and then they came out as these beautiful butterflies.  How often can you really do this.  I think it is something the kids will always remember, I know I will at least.  It was like our own science experiment right at home.  

Have you ever caught a caterpillar and kept it until it turned into a butterfly?  


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