Category Archives: caterpillars

this year’s butterflies

We are raising caterpillars again this year. The first one emerged Wednesday and we released it this morning. 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. We have seven chrysalises still in the fish tank. While watching the […]

baby butterflies

Two years ago we raised 18 black swallowtail butterflies. We wanted to try it again this year, so Sunday DH went out to check the parsley and found five butterfly eggs. Today, all the eggs hatched. Look at this tiny little guy. We’re looking forward to watching them grow into beautiful butterflies. ~~Rhonda 🙂

butterfly #8

The eighth butterfly emerged this morning. Another female. That makes six females and 2 males, so far. She didn’t seem to mind at all when I stuck my camera in her face. Beautiful. ~~Rhonda

bye bye, butterfly

The first butterfly emerged two days ago. Another one yesterday. And another one this morning! We waited until DH came home after work to release the first one. He had to carefully take the screen off the top of the tank as two caterpillars have decided to attach to it to pupate. Silly bugs. The […]

first butterfly!

We now have eleven chrysalises in our butterfly tank and the first butterfly emerged today. I’m posting this photo in a large size so you can see the amazing beauty and detail of the wing scales. Isn’t God’s gift of creation amazing? Buttercup is fascinated! We put some butterfly bush blossoms and a couple of […]

caterpillar club

We’re raising caterpillars we found on the parsley in the garden. We did the same two years ago. It’s fascinating to watch them grow and change, molting as they get larger. We use a large fish tank to house them, and a piece of window screen with an elastic band to top the tank. To […]

you turn your back for ten minutes…

I watched this little guy for forty minutes early Friday morning, waiting for him to molt from a caterpillar into a chrysalis. I had my camera on the tripod, ready to take a video of the quick transformation. I waited and waited and waited… Then I turned my back for ten minutes, while I checked […]