My super thoughtful friend sent the kids an amazing Spring gift. Last month, some Painted Lady Butterflies from Insect Lore arrived on our doorstep. Well, not the butterflies, but the larvae! Over the course of the next few weeks we watched them grow into caterpillars, enter the pupae stage, create chrysalides, and break into the world as beautiful butterflies.
These photographs show the Painted Lady butterflies spreading their wings and shortly thereafter- they flew off into the yard. My kids were mesmerized and absolutely loved watching this amazing life cycle close up.