Butterfly Life Cycle

During a unit on insects we did a section on the butterfly life cycle. We had been on the look out for a chrysalis or eggs in the garden and neighbourhood without much success, so I was delighted to find that there are a few people in various countries that actually sell Butterfly Chrysalis Kits! We were not disappointed!

If you live in Australia, I highly recommend Butterfly Adventures, or run an internet search for your country or area.

When we received our parcel, I am not sure who was more excited, us or the children! A beautiful Monarch Butterfly chrysalis with a specially made box for it!

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After we hung the chrysalis in the little box, we sprayed it lightly with water, and waited patiently.

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Those tiny little dots are actually gold in colour and they look as if they have been delicately painted on!

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After 2 days, the chrysalis became transparent, and we could actually see the butterfly inside, all curled up! On the third day, we were sitting having lunch, when I noticed that something was happening! We got to witness the Monarch Butterfly emerging, with its wings all wet and crumpled up, and sat in amazement for a good while watching as it hung and its wings dried.

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