Sunday, April 10, 2011


On Friday morning, Bunny's school had a music concert (which I'll post about tomorrow).  After the concert we walked past her classroom so I could own up to the fact that I had been a terrible Room Mom over the last few months.  Seriously, I have been way too caught up in my own work drama and ignoring my responsibilities to Bunny's classroom.  I thought maybe, right before Spring Break, I could own up to it and get myself back on track by checking in with her teacher (who BTW, is amazing).

After apologizing profusely and asking if there was anything I could do to help, we were gifted with the class chrysalides.  For those of you not in the know, a chrysalis is the little home caterpillars make to turn into butterflies.  More than one chrysalis is called chrysalides.  See how I'm learning stuff every day.  Don't feel bad if you didn't know this already, I had to look it up myself!

Turns out, they were likely to "hatch" while everyone was on Spring Break next week, and no one would be around to make sure they had some flowers sprayed with sugar water to eat.  So home they came with us.  I had planned on taking "before" photos today after church.  However, our wee little butterflies had different plans.  This morning when we woke up, we found two of the 6 little fellas (ladies?) had come out to spread their wings. (Forgive the photos, they're in a plastic and mesh container that was really hard to get a good shot through.)

This little guy we noticed first.  Cute isn't he?  I think he might actually be a moth not a butterfly, but I'm not to clear on the distinction, so I'll wait to hear what Bunny's teacher has to say.  This was one of two wild caterpillars the kids caught on the school campus.

Then we noticed this fella.  He has the most beautiful orange wings! Butterfly for sure.  This is one of the caterpillars Bunny's teacher purchased expressly to show the kids the process. Also notice in the lower right hand corner the pretty and big orange flower we drenched in sugar water to feed our new friends.

Bunny and Bug have been really excited about our new guests.  Even GG, the Hubs and myself are suitably impressed with the wonders of nature.  I'm so glad we got to babysit and witness first hand this event.  We're going to keep an eye on the rest of them this weekend and maybe we'll catch one actually hatching.

Seriously.. Thoughts?