Needless to say, we were due for a POSITIVE bug experience this week!
A couple weeks ago when I was watering the garden I noticed a couple swallowtail caterpillars chowing down on the carrot greens. Since it had been a couple years since we've been able to find any monarch caterpillars, I put two of these in jars for the boys to watch transform!
|Attached to the side of the jar, about to build the coccoon|
One of the caterpillars attached himself to the side of the jar, building a green cocoon:
|Toby watching the caterpillar attached to the stick, right before building the cocoon|
The one above "hatched" today while we were out running errands. We didn't get to see it climb out of the cocoon, but we did have a chance to let it climb around on us outside while it's wings dried.
|come on out!|
|Chillin' on my hand|
|Sammy checkin' out the swallowtail, who was climbing on my toes!|
|Toby admiring from afar!|