- They eat leaves! ~ four-year-old
- They are so beautiful when they are caterpillars and when they are butterflies. ~ six-year-old
- I just love seeing how they live when they are a caterpillar, when they are a butterfly. I just love seeing their life cycle. Tiny, tiny caterpillars are so cute! ~ nine-year-old
We’ve watched metamorphosis up close. A gulf fritillary caterpillar turn into a butterfly. Weeks worth of watching. But that was two years ago. This last almost-month is the second time we’ve had the privilege. And this time, Lil’ Buddy was enthralled. Littlest Girl noticed details. And Middle Girl handled them and cared for them so much.
You can read about the transformation of a caterpillar to butterfly in a book. But until you watch the stages for weeks in your own home, you haven’t really seen it.
My Aunt Mary Ann, true nature lover and gifted photographer of all she loves, has a yard designed for creatures. Birds and crawly things especially. She brought us three caterpillars and a passion fruit vine plant.
Another week – while we were waiting for our butterfly to emerge from its chrysalis – Aunt Mary Ann met us at my grandmother, Mama Ann’s house. She brought us freshly hatched caterpillars. Tiniest of tiny. She turned over a passion fruit vine leaf and we discovered several eggs. (Blurry caterpillar to the left and tiny egg directly to the right of it on the leaf).
“Are you ever simply amazed at God’s goodness? Down to the very last detail. Everything. So beautiful. So purposeful and so orderly.” ~Samuel Crowe
- Crowe’s Nest Media – Your Backyard The Life and Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly
- Butterfly: Chalk Pastel Tutorial
Have you ever watched a caterpillar transform into a butterfly?