For the past few weeks we have been on butterfly watch!
We were sent a lovely Insect Lore Butterfly Garden to us by Cuthberts Toys.
Within the box is a certificate to order your caterpillars when you are ready to start the process.
The caterpillars arrived via the postman and came in a well packaged box with air holes. You are not required to do anything with the caterpillars. Simply pop them up out of direct sunlight and watch them grow and then start to turn in to Chrysalides.
It was so amazing to watch this process happen.
Once all the caterpillars had become Chrysalides, it was time to transfer them to the butterfly garden. It’s a simple, yet slightly nerve-wracking process. It was easy enough to remove the paper from the top of the cup and then I attached it to the side of the garden with a safety-pin, being careful not to pierce anything I shouldn’t!!
It was then another wait and watch – but soon enough the butterflies started emerging.
Sadly, we lost our first two butterflies. The first one, I believe, was born slightly early. Her wings didn’t form properly and therefore she was unable to fly. She only survived a few days. Our second butterfly took a very long time trying to get out of her chrysalide and unfortunately seemed to be stuck. It was heartbreaking to watch as you really wanted to give them a hand.
Butterflies 3, 4 and 5 were born with no problems at all and had big, beautiful wings. The children were in awe watching them flutter around their little home.
Once the butterflies have been born, you can give them flowers and make up a special pollen for them – and you get to see them at work close up!
Soon enough though it was time to let them leave. We had right trouble getting them out – it was like they didn’t want to leave the safety of their little garden home. They were eventually coaxed out, and the girls gave them a rose they found and we left them to their own devices and to flutter away.
We truly had a wonderful time watching these amazing creatures transform and it’s a great educational journey for the children.
We can’t wait to do it again!!
You can buy the Insect Lore Butterfly Garden from Cuthberts Toys for £12.50.
*Disclaimer – we were sent the Insect Lore Butterfly Garden and Caterpillars to take part in #ButterflyWatch. We were not asked to write a review, but we loved the butterflies so much that we wanted to share!!