I was as excited as any kid the Butterfly Garden was made for when I opened it up and saw the little caterpillars in the jar.
The Butterfly Garden that Sue sent me came in today’s mail.
Your caterpillars may not be active at first, the instructions instructed, but don’t throw them away, they’re alive. Give them 48 hours to adjust.
But my caterpillars seem well adjusted.
One was already climbing up the side of the jar. As they grow they’ll shed their exoskeletons then after 7-10 days they’ll attach themselves to the lid of the jar and harden into chrysalides.
After three more days, I’ll open the lid and prop it up in the little plastic stand that looks like a log inside the mesh enclosure that comes with the kit.
After another 7-10 days, the Painted Lady Butterflies will emerge. I’ll feed them some sugar water and fruit and a few days later set them free.
And you know I’ll be writing about it, complete with photos, every step of the way.