To put it quite simply butterflies are amazing creatures. They go through that amazing metamorphosis that we all know about. There are other insects that do this too but, partially because of the amazing beauty of the adult butterly it is something we remember in butterflies.
It is also a theme that is often cited and used with real meaning. Going into a cocoon as a caterpillar and coming out as a butterfly is a phrase of import.
Anyway, This is about butterflies and a little bit about a project I have done with them.
I purchased a butterfly garden at a local toy store and I ordered my butterflies through the mail. You might be familiar with the process. You send inn a letter and they send you back several caterpillars that will soon go through the transformation that butterflies are so famous for.
The LifeCycle of a Butterfly
There are four stages in the life cycle of a butterfly: Egg, Larva (Caterpillar) , Pupa (chrysalis or cocoon) , adult (Butterfly)
This is the chrysalid stage of the Tree nymph butterfly found in Japan. It is also called the Rice Paper Butterfly. It has an amazing golden color.
This is the exact product that I ordered. It is called the Butterfly treehouse. It also comes with a pretty neat DVD.
More kits like this are at the bottom of the page.
I will give you information about butterflies and the life cycle of butterflies but first a few things you might be interested in.
This is the package I got in the mail.
This is the container with the butterflies (Painted Ladies) and the food.
Here are the butterflies attaching themselves to the top of the container and in the process of transforming into chrysalids.
And here is one of the painted lady butterflies.
I took the butterfly hatching a step further and created a diorama for them. Once the caterpillars attached themselves to the underside of the lid of the container I removed the lid and inserted it into the diorama. You can see the chrysalids hanging from the ceiling,. It is a cave scene with a little adventurer that has stumbled upon them. You can see more about this particular project here: The Butterfly Bio Diorama
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Witness one of nature's most spectacular transformations up close with this reusable, collapsible habitat. Fine, transparent mesh lets you see butterfly metamorphosis up close. Product includes easy-to-use feeder and complete instructions for habitat. Butterfly larvae with food shipped directly to your home. The habitat collapses for storage when not in use. You can adopt and raise a handful of caterpillars, watch them transform into painted lady butterflies, then lift the garden cover to release your beautiful specimens into the wild. This exciting habitat makes a fabulous introduction to the miracles of nature. The larvae and food available round the year.
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