Watching Caterpillars

This week is all about caterpillars. Not confident in my ability to find and catch a wild caterpillar, I went ahead and ordered a Painted Lady butterfly kit from Insect Lore. Five little caterpillars arrived on our doorstep last week and Silas has been taking his job as careful observer very seriously. Every day he checks on them to make sure they are eating and moving and to see how much they have grown. Yesterday, the last chrysalis was formed and so tomorrow we can safely transfer them into the butterfly habitat. And then we wait.

We are reading Ten Little Caterpillars by Martin and From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Heiligman. I especially like the latter title as it is a narration of the process we're going through - watching the metamorphosis play out in a cup - and a Painted Lady butterfly is the star, rather than a monarch, which seems to be the far more popular butterfly to write about.


  1. So much fun! The transformation from chrysalis to butterfly is pretty amazing! We usually search for monarch eggs in late spring/early summer in the meadows around here, last year unfortunately there were none, fingers crossed for this year.

  2. Sounds like fun! Most of the caterpillars we find around here turn into moths. Not as fun.