Monthly Archives: June 2013

From caterpillars to butterflies….hopefully!!!!

The much anticipated parcel has arrived. The children were very excited. Our caterpillars have arrived. Keep an eye on their progress as we watch them transform to butterflies over the next few weeks.

Day 1: 8/5/2013

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Day 2: 9/5/2013

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Day 6: 13/5/2013
As you can see after nearly a week our caterpillars are much bigger!!

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Day 9: 16/5/2013

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Day 13: 20/5/2013

Our caterpillars are nearly ready to go into their chrysalides. We are hoping to see a change in the morning. A few of them are now hanging from the lid of the container.

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Day 14: 21/5/2013

One of our caterpillars went into it’s chrysalis right before our eyes. We saw it happening. It was very exciting.

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Day 15: 22/5/2013
All of our caterpillars are now safely in their chrysalides. We expect them to stay like this for up to a week until they decide to hatch. We will transfer the chrysalides to the butterfly garden on Friday.

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Day 17: 24/5/2013

We have transferred the chrysalides from the cup to the butterfly garden. We are now ready for them to turn into butterflies.

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Day 23: 30/5/2013

Our caterpillars are still sleeping soundly in their chrysalides. There are no changes to report and we are all waiting patiently!!

Day 28: 4/6/2013

We arrived into school this morning to find all the chrysalides still sleeping!

Day 29: 5/6/2013

This is 2 weeks to the day since the caterpillars went into their chrysalides. I arrived into the classroom this morning and I found one of the chrysalides was shaking. This is a sign that they are nearly ready to change into butterflies. In sheer excitement I called some children that had arrived early to school from the yard into the classroom to see what was happening. Nothing happened though.

Then at around 10.15 am we saw a butterfly had hatched. After small break we then had 2 more butterflies. Then at about 11.30 we witnessed the last chrysalis changing into a butterfly. It was so exciting!!!!

None of the butterflies are flying yet as this takes time, hopefully by tomorrow though they will be flying! We will leave them free on Friday in the school garden.

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Day 31: 7/6/2013

And so our journey comes to an end! Today we released our lovely butterflies in our school garden.

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