For the past 15 years I’ve purchased baby caterpillars to observe with my students. When my son turned 3 I started bringing this activity home. So, every summer we buy our container of caterpillars from Insectlore (online catalog).
Then it starts to get disgusting. The caterpillars were so cute when they were tiny. When they get bigger, they leave poop all over the container and in the food. It’s just plain gross. Stick with me. I promise the miracle will happen soon.
When the butterflies first emerge, their wings are crumpled. The dye from their wings looks like blood, but I usually just explain to the kids that it’s like paint for the Painted Lady Butterfly’s wings.
It’s magic, watching our ordinary miracle.
Here are a few linky parties I like to participate in: