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Raising Butterflies

When I was ten years old, my family took a summer vacation to Florida. This was 1964 so Florida had more open space than development. There were beautiful butterflies EVERYWHERE! I did not know this but when my Dad was a kid he and his brother had a butterfly collection. This trip rekindled his interest so he bought two bamboo poles, some wire and netting and made two butterfly nets. He and I spent the entire rest of the trip collecting butterflies. We had the best time ever! I spent my entire youth collecting butterflies with my Dad. I did most of the collecting (I would get my friends to help me) and my Dad made beautiful butterfly frames to hang on the wall. We actually traveled throughout Central and South America together collecting.

Eventually I grew up and had a son of my own. He loves going over to Grandpa's and looking at the butterflies. He is fascinated by them and is able to identify the ones that fly around our neighborhood. I, too, love to watch the butterflies as they fly around. My son would never want to catch a butterfly and end its time here on earth so we began raising them and releasing them. We both get a great deal of satisfaction doing this and love the time spent together.

We have planted plants that the local butterflies live on. We inspect them regularly for caterpillars and eggs. When we find what we are looking for we carefully collect them and put them in their respective containers. The caterpillars eat leaves constantly so we are constantly replenishing their food supply and cleaning their homes. We spray their leaves with water because they drink it right off the leaves. After a couple of weeks the caterpillars climb up the sticks we leave in their containers, shed their skin and form a chrysalis. After another couple of weeks the chrysalis becomes transparent to where the newly formed butterfly's wing is visible from the outside. The butterfly is ready to hatch and will do so within a day.

When the butterfly hatches it's wings are shriveled and no longer than it's body. The wings slowly expand and within an hour or two are big enough and dry enough to fly. At this point we release the butterfly out into the world. We feel very good when we do this because we know this is where they belong, free and happy.

If you want a great activity to engage in with your kids I highly recommend raising and releasing butterflies. The responsibility it instills and the pleasure it awards is highly worth it.


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