A few weeks ago my family and I ordered some butterfly larvae as part of Science Class (I homeschool the boys).  We received them in the mail. They were really tiny and had food on the bottom of their container. We pretty much just sat and watched them grow into normal sized caterpillars in a week’s time. After a week of those caterpillars hanging out making some webbed-looking silk, we watched all 5 of them make their cocoons! I transferred the cocoons to the netted habitat. We weren’t sure how long it would take for them to emerge as butterflies, but when they finally did nearly a week later, it was so exciting! In case you’re scared of blood, they do have blood dripping from them after they emerge. Our boys loved to watch them. Once the last butterfly emerged, we waited an extra day before setting them free. Our 5 winged friends were set free. The boys were sad to see them fly away, but the activity as a whole was really exciting and enjoyable.

We obeyed all the instructions given to us, and were told by many that it was rare for all 5 to survive, but they did! I thought I’d share some pictures from when we were setting them free. If you want to do this activity yourself, we bought a butterfly kit on sale at a homeschooling site (sale’s over, but you can buy the kit here). Then once we received the kit, we went online to order our larvae (they are free, but you have to spend $5 for shipping. I recommend being home for when they arrive).

If you follow my Instagrams (username: justicepirate), you probably saw that I posted some pictures of the first few butterflies after they emerged.

This was from when our first butterfly emerged. You can see all the cocoons on the side there. . and the blood from the one that emerged.
bye bye our little butterfly friends.

Join the conversation! 7 Comments

  1. aww how amazing, your boys look like they loved the butterflies so much! xx

  2. Oh Wow how amazing I so want to do this thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Now this is my kind of activity!  I can't wait till my son is old enough to appreciate things like this.  Really beautiful photos of the butterflies:)  

  4. This is really cool! What a beautiful project for your sons, they got to learn a lot and had fun at the same time!

  5. That looks like TONS of fun. I sent it to my mom so we can talk about it we want to do it for my son too. Great idea! You sound like a great teacher and mommy 🙂

  6. What a beautiful way to teach your boys! This looks like an amazing learning activity!!

  7. […] year the boys had a load of fun watching chrysalis turn into butterflies.  At some point they were given an ant farm by my in-laws.  All we had to do was get the ants for […]


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About Victoria / Justice Pirate

Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (justice-network.org).


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