this year’s butterflies

We are raising caterpillars again this year. The first one emerged Wednesday and we released it this morning.

first butterfly we raised this year

Two more emerged this morning. The wings look so crumpled when the butterflies first emerge. But they soon pump up and become full and beautiful.

newly emerged

newly emerged

newly emerged

We have seven chrysalises still in the fish tank.


While watching the newly emerged butterflies this morning, DD saw a new caterpillar. Surprise! There must have been an egg we didn’t see.


Raising the caterpillars from eggs we find in the garden is such an easy thing to do. It’s also an amazing process to watch. And then the release…to let them go in the garden is always a treat!

releasing the butterfly



  1. Genny
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Their colors and lives are amazing. What a mighty God we serve.

  2. MaryAnn Dorf
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    what neat thing to do!!

  3. MaryAnn Dorf
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Permalink


  4. Posted September 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    It’s really a lot of fun, MaryAnn. The entire family enjoys watching the process.

  5. Kathy
    Posted September 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s so cool that you guys do this! Your pictures are beautiful!

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