We sent away for caterpillars from the company Insect Lore. We bought 2 kits. Our caterpillars arrived on April 29, 2014 in 2 jars. Each jar contains 5 little black caterpillars and a special food for them on the bottom of the jars.
These tiny caterpillars will eat their food and grow larger and larger for 7 to 10 days. When they are done growing they will climb to the top of the cup and attach themselves to a paper lining on the underside of the lid. There they will hang in a j shape, shed their exoskeletons and harden into chrysalises!
After 2 days we will remove the chrysalides from the jars and place them into our butterfly habitat.
After another 7 to 10 days our Painted Lady Butterflies will begin to emerge from the chrysalides! At first their wings will be soft and crumpled. Slowly the butterflies will stretch and force blood into their veins to strengthen their wings.
Our Painted Lady Butterflies were released on May 19, 2014.