What a wonderful experience Garden Club students recently experienced!
The club purchased caterpillars with a certificate they received from one of their donorschoose.org fundraisers.
The students started from the beginning and were able to see the life cycle of a caterpillar! They watched the caterpillars make a chrysalis and then patiently waited until the change was made, and the caterpillar came out of the chrysalis as a beautiful butterfly!
One of the Garden Club leaders, Ms. Kendra, reports that all but one of the butterflies hatched from their chrysalises during Spring Break.
The students were very excited to see the remaining chrysalis since they could see the butterfly’s wing pattern through it.
Ms. Kendra said the caterpillars transformed quickly; the first chrysalis began to form in only five days! Eight out of nine caterpillars emerged from the chrysalises as butterflies six days after the chrysalises were formed. The final butterfly emerged one day later.
At a recent Garden Club meeting, leaders and the children used magnifying glasses to get an up-close view of the newly-hatched butterflies.
The butterflies “left behind a mess of red web which is part of the caterpillar [that] they don’t use during transformation,” said Ms. Kendra.
Garden Club students opened the net to release the butterflies into the school’s Victory Garden and observed them as they moved around their new surroundings. Some butterflies flew out of the net fast, and others did not want to leave the net. One of the butterflies stayed in the garden and landed on many of the flowers.
Ms. Kendra says the children were beyond excited and asked what their next bug project will be.
Stay tuned for exciting pictures and details! Turns out, Garden Club’s next bug project will be all about ladybugs!