We finally did it! We were able to observe the life cycle of the butterfly up close and personal. Last year we tried to hatch praying mantises, but it didn't work. Butterflies are much more reliable.
Here they are after they have had a few days to eat and get bigger. We were so surprised at how fast they grew!
Here they are after they have formed their chrysalis.
And finally we have painted laides! They boys loved watching the caterpillars turn into butterflies. What shall we try next year? Nothing too adventurous...they are still bugs, you know.
And some other favorite shots from the butterfly release! Come on Clark...mooooooove over!
Making some observations...
Completely oblivious to the fact that the butterfly is on his shirt!