Spring has been very busy. The butterflies took their time arriving this year. Some of the caterpillars were not as hearty as previous years. We have pictures of the little critters on the milkweed brought in by a parent.
The milkweed was purchased at a local nursery that does not spray its plants. It already had small eggs on the plant.
Within a week the eggs started hatching.
The caterpillars munched on leaves for about ten days.
The last thing to appear was the chrysalis.
Our first butterfly did hatch after 12 days, but its wings were not formed correctly. Another hatched over the weekend and had to be released. So now we wait for another. This project takes care and patience, but is so amazing to watch.