Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Raising Butterflies (with a HUGE surprise!!!)

We just finished up our fun and exciting butterfly life cycle unit... we bought the caterpillar kit and watched them turn into butterflies.  The kids loved it!

It was a really fun unit... we released our butterflies into the while and I thought we were done... \


I looked in the butterfly container and saw hundreds of blue things.  "Blue what?" you ask!?  Blue EGGS!!!  I asked a bunch of people who have done this before (because of course this was my first time raising butterflies) and no one had that happen before. 

Well... lo and behold, I get to school one morning last week and there are HUNDREDS of tiny caterpillar larva EVERYWHERE!

You see those tiny black 2 millimeter big specs?  Well... they move. They are actually tiny little baby caterpillars!

You wouldn't know it... but they are FAST.  Within a few hours, they were ALL OVER my desk.  I kid you not.  See those little buggers!?

Today my para and I spent an hour collecting these little larva and putting them in containers so they wouldn't climb all over my desk anymore!  It felt like it lasted for an eternity!

We saved at least 100 of them...

Now.. it's time to spend another 2-3 weeks caring for these little babies... check out this video.  How cute are their little legs!?!?

Go figure this is my luck the very first time I raise butterflies!  Has any one else had this happen to them!?


  1. Oh my gosh that is CrAzY!!!! I saw someone post pics of their caterpillar/butterfly experience and thought, "Hey! I should do that next year!" Now I'm reconsidering... LOL!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  2. Never! In ten years......but oh how fun!!

  3. I always release the butterflies once the last once has emerged from the chrysalis. Maybe you kept them in the cage too long?

  4. Oh how awesome!!!
    I raise butterflies every year at school and at home and that has never happened to me. I've been doing it for the last 8 years. I do remember reading that it was possible and hoping that it would happen but it never has.

    The Busy Busy Hive

  5. Oh my goodness! We raised butterflies this year and I think we avoided that situation. I am just crushed that we can't release the butterflies because they are not native to our area. We need to let them go through their life cycle. They are so fun to watch!


  6. Are those painted ladies? What kind of leaves are the larvae eating? I wanted that to happen for my kiddos this year, but alas no eggs! I think I need to provide the right food for the little ones.

  7. I had this happen to me one year a long time ago. I kept the butterflies too long and they mated in the cage. The sad thing was that we didn't have the type of leaves to feed them and we were out of artificial food. I now raise Milkweed each year in my yard and the Monarchs come and lay eggs. I bring the caterpillars into my classroom and feed them milkweed leaves. The kids love it!