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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Watching life come alive....

We had the opportunity to purchase a butterfly habitat at the store the other day and the younger kids were beyond excited as they had never had chance to take this on before...the older kids did but it was before the younger ones were even born....so we purchased the habitat brought it home opened it up and set it up and set it up on the bar in the kitchen....the next day I then quickly got online and ordered the little caterpillars so we didn't have to wait long to get started on our little adventure....mean while the kids kept asking are they here yet mommy are they here????

finally one day when we stopped at the mailbox and opened it there was a key for the larger compartment and we thought it must be them...so we opened it up and sure enough it was a little box containing our 5 little guys/gals...on the box it said handle with care...Jamisyn was the one to carry it home and she did it with such loving care it was so cute :o).....so we got it home and read the next paragraph as to what the next step in the process was...we were told to just set the cup out and let them munch on the lunch they had in their cup and let them get fat and full....the kids remembered the story of the very hungry caterpillar so I had them go find the book and I read it to them.....it took about 4 days to finally get full and happy then they hung from the top of the cup and all got in their cocoons ready for hibernation.....oooh the excitement was building in our house!!!!

so now came the fun part we got to place them in the habitat....so I opened the cup and removed them CAREFULLY from there and taped them to the habitat ready for their stay in their quiet little spa....waiting patiently well some of them not so patiently slowly one by one they emerged from their cocoons....what beauty it was and how special to watch them emerge and stretch and flap their wings pumping the blood through them....well one problem their THE CATS!!!! forgot to even think about that!!! after a few days and the third one had emerged max was so intrigued by them and kept jumping on the bar which he NEVER does my cats are not allowed on my counters!!! knocking down the habitat to the floor attempting to open it up which of course he was never going to be able to do because it was closed with a zipper....

so I finally had to place the habitat on the fireplace hearth after the 4th and 5th butterfly emerged which wasn't any fun anymore because the kids couldn't really watch them from that height....you are supposed to be able to keep the butterflies after they emerge for at least around 3 weeks after that...well we made the informed decision with the way we now had two cats behaving badly to free them so they didn't feel under attack and like they were going to be eaten as a meal.....so after only having them for only 4 days we set them free...we took them outside on a nice sunny afternoon and opened the habitat and the first one flew out immediately...LOL I'M FREE!!! I am sure it was saying the others didn't really want to come out the were stuck to each other in twos...LOL so we got them out gently and onto a our fingers then placed them a bush where they rested and I guess later flew away...Be blessed little butterflies I hope you have a good life......











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jeanette_huston@yahoo.com said...

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Jeanette Huston
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