Friday, April 29, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Big One

This is a picture of the big caterpillar and his old skin. He molted today! I hope I can catch one molting before they pupate.
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Butterflies: Day 12

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Butterflies: Day 11

They are each on a different piece of milkweed, and they are eating and growing faster now. I read that when the caterpillar is about 2 inches long, it will form a chrysalis. We still have a bit to go!
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Butterflies: Day 10

This is the medium caterpillar today.
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Butterflies: Day 10

This is the largest of the two. The small one is still MIA.
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Old Skin

This is the large caterpillar's old skin. He molted today!

(At first, I thought it was poop.)
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Butterflies: Day 9

This is the latest picture of the two large caterpillars. I haven't been able to find the smallest one today. He has either expired or become a victim of some cannibalistic caterpillar ritual. I couldn't find a carcass after a pretty thorough search. I guess he could be hiding, too.

These two are still alive, eating, and growing. They are lethargic this morning but were pretty active last night. It seems like they have a long way to go to get as big as the caterpillar in Emma Rose's classroom!
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tomatoes, One Yellow Bell Pepper, & a Row of Cucumbers

So far, so good. The cucumbers are still tiny seedlings and can't be seen in the picture. The other little beds are growing, too. I keep "looking" for a spot for the pumpkins, & John is not taking the hint. I may have to hint a little harder!

We've also planted some peas, basil, scallions, green beans, yellow squash, zucchini, and one green pepper. (I accidentally picked up green instead of red!) In another bed, I am trying to grow some cilantro. I'm not overly hopefully with the cilantro, but I thought I'd give it one more try. I cannot wait for fresh veggies!
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Butterflies: Day 7

This is a picture of the two largest caterpillars. The tiny one is on the back of a leaf, & I couldn't get a good picture of him. He is still tiny and does't seem to be growing. He is also eating the least.

The two larger ones are eating more and more every day. In the picture, you can see the spots on the leaves that they have made.

The girls are still looking at them every day. Emma Rose is looking forward to seeing a chrysalis from our caterpillars. I can't wait to hear what she thinks about the butterfly coming out of the chrysalis at school! I'm not sure Anabelle will be impressed, but I just never know!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Butterflies: Day 6

I was able to get all three of the caterpillars in the picture. They are still small, medium, and large! The smallest one doesn't seem to be growing, but he still wiggles when I touch him with a leaf. He's not dead. The other two appear to be getting larger and larger! They are sluggish again this morning, so I hope that means they'll be more active later in the day.
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Perspective

I took a quick picture of the largest caterpillar next to the smallest. It's amazing that the big one has grown so much in just 5 days!
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Butterflies: Day 5 (Part 2)

This little guy is the largest of the 3 caterpillars. He is eating the most of the three.

The large caterpillar in Emma Rose's class is now making a chrysalis!
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Butterflies: Day 5

These are the smallest two of the three caterpillars. The tiny guy was very sluggish yesterday, but he seems to be much more active today. The other one in this picture is the medium caterpillar, and he is really starting to eat more!
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Caterpillar from Emma Rose's classroom

He is much bigger than our little guys!
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Butterflies: Day 3

They're growing! I heard that the caterpillars will grow 3000 times their original size in about 10 days.
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Butterflies: Day 2

Yesterday, we had 4 babies. This morning, we have 3. One of the big ones dehydrated and died while John was desperately seeking milkweed. They look a little sluggish this morning, but we now have fresh milkweed in the container. (And maybe they aren't morning caterpillars.) I also saw evidence that they had eaten some more of what was in there, too. The largest caterpillar looks like he has already gotten a little larger, and that's a good sign!

We're going to plant the milkweed plants in the back yard this weekend. I was told if we plant it, the monarchs will come. The place where we ordered the eggs sent some milkweed seed, and those will go in the ground, too. How fun would that be for the girls!? Well, and me, too. I'm very excited to see the metamorphosis and wouldn't mind having our own little butterfly nursery in the yard!
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Butterfly Eggs

Our eggs have hatched, and we have 4 baby caterpillars. They just arrived in the mail today, and I was shocked they hatched so quickly. There might be one or two more eggs on the little leaf, but I can't tell for sure. My plan is to take pictures as they grow and change into adults! The girls are very excited!

Emma Rose's class is also doing butterflies, and Mrs.Turner has two large caterpillars and one chrysalis. I think her class is going to be very interested in watching the change, too. It will be so much fun to hear about it from Emma Rose and her class mates!
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Anabelle helped us plant the garden

She has just a little dirt on her face.
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Emma Rose and her Daddy

We just finished a little planting in our garden.
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