A friend gave us Painted Lady Butterfly caterpillars and I already feel bad for them. They are in these little plastic cups with mush to eat and tiny air holes in the lid. Here soon, they'll attach themselves to the lid and make the chrysalides. Then we have to tape these lids to the top of a butterfly cage and wait for them to emerge. Their little lives will be a mere 2-4 weeks. In that cage.
But I'm gonna set them free. After they emerge and my boys get to see them, we're gonna go out back and let them go. The paperwork says we're not supposed to but I just can't help myself.
It's gonna be a glorious day.
Until then, we will continue to watch them eat and poop and produce silky strands.
I may even try to get a stills video of the metamorphosis.
To be continued...