This year we got wonderfully and amazing lucky. First, I plucked a fat squishy caterpillar off my carrots and brought it in. The first day the kids marveled at how much the caterpillar pooped, and we identified it. The next day we saw it tie itself onto something and slowly over the course of a day turn into a chrysalis. We were surprised to find it still wiggled when bumped (or poked and prodded) and in about two weeks we had a beautiful butterfly.
|A black swallowtail|
We may be studying chemistry in our homeschool this semester, but I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful chance to admire butterflies up close. And I finally, after all these years, got to see some actual examples of the metamorphosis of a caterpillar.