I am sure that many of you have been on the edge of your seats for the next installment of my youngest daughter’s butterfly raising adventures 😉 In case you missed it, you can read the first installment here.
We have been waiting for the caterpillars to form their chrysalis so that we could take them out of their containers and transfer them to their new butterfly enclosure.
The caterpillars attached themselves to the underside of the lids and formed a chrysalis. And so, the next step was to carefully take the lids off and take the caterpillars (chrysalis) out.
To be honest, I was a little nervous about this part. I didn’t want to accidentally dislodge any of the chrysalis from the undersides of the container lids.
At this point, one of the caterpillars within the chrysalis began wiggling madly about. Now, I usually pride myself on not being squeamish around bugs, but the wiggling kind of grossed me out a bit.
The next step was to pin the lids to the lower sides of the butterfly enclosure.
*You may notice that the enclosure comes with its own beautiful silk flowers, something that I try to stay from….I like real flowers best 😉
The last step was to hang the butterfly enclosure outdoors and wait for the new butterflies to emerge in a few days.
We can hardly wait….Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."