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.