The Butterfly Project

  1. Love the new site! So pretty!

  2. Margaret says:

    The site looks great! My kids read this entry over my shoulder. My boy said that the “I touched cocoon. and I’ll never be the same,” was his favorite part, heh heh!

    And now, I’m obliged to hatch some larvae. Thank you. I think… 😉

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks, Margaret. It was actually a lot of fun and we’ll probably order some more caterpillars soon. 🙂 All the neighbors came over and watched, too. Neighbor envy. It’s a beautiful thing.

  3. Janross53 says:

    Love the site, bit your subscribe link takes you back to the blog.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep. Still trying to figure that out. I burned feeds for this site and all its individual channels, for those who want to customize, but I haven’t yet figured out where the link is that shows you all of those feeds. Also, I THINK there’s a way to redirect the original Suburban Turmoil feed to this new one, but I don’t know quite how to do that yet. So if anyone has any ideas……… Bueller?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Love it – like the navigation, love the look of it.

    I was controller for an educational toy/teacher supply retail chain for a while – we did a butterfly garden up at the register (supposedly so we could sell them, but in reality for the staff) – you are so right about the red stuff. It’s fun watching them pump up their wings, knowing that they need to make the effort, or they won’t ever be able to fly. The expressions on your kids’ faces are so precious!

    • Anonymous says:

      I LOVED that shot of them letting the butterflies go. Couldn’t have posed that if I’d tried. 🙂

  5. Maria says:

    Bleck…I picked up one of these for one of the boys and their class…so I was able to leave the disgusting parts to the teacher ( she was thrilled, I’m sure)…but I visited them, and was completely grossed out…so happy to have seen one in the littlest ds’ class this year, because I am going to stick to the class purchaser of the butterfly kits from now on…::shudder::

    • Anonymous says:

      I do have to say, though, I felt like a total badass after I did the gross stuff. Besides, how many people can say they touched cocoon? NOT MANY. 😉

  6. Jen says:

    So awesome!! I’ve always wanted to hatch bugs too. The praying mantis one looks cool but I’m in Alaska so no mantises for us. (SADNESS!!!) However, while the notes say no way AK I have seen mantis egg thingies at Fred Meyer. Apparently they didn’t get the notice.

  7. Sonja says:

    Which one did you buy?? Since you had such good luck, I’d love to know the one you used.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Sonja! The link is in the post at the bottom. It was from Insect Lore. It’s only $20, but shipping and handling is an extra $10.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Sonja! The link is in the post at the bottom. It was from Insect Lore. It’s only $20, but shipping and handling is an extra $10.

  9. I love it! What a great idea.

  10. Julia says:

    The preschool teacher in me feels the need to point out that you did not, in fact, touch a cocoon, you touched a chrysalis. A moth comes from a cocoon, a butterfly comes from a chrysalis.
    If you want more insect fun, ladybugs are cool to watch. You will need a food source for them though, so look around your yard to see if you have any aphid covered plants (look on the underside of leaves for little white or yellow bugs). Where I live you can get ladybugs from garden centers.

  11. Pam says:

    We’ve experienced the butterfly garden from Insect Lore on 3 different occasions and all 3 times – every one hatched. We’ve also done Ladybug Land this spring and that was very cool. We set free about 12 of them. We are also on our 4th praying mantis pouch. We did one last year and had tons of mantis. This year we did one in the spring, which hatched and then the one we tried in the summer did not. However, after mentioning it to Insect Lore – they sent me out a new one! So, now we are waiting for that to hatch. So cool! My son loves doing this and he learns a lot about the process of all the insects!

    (Oh and I am one of those people that didn’t find any of the process with any of the bugs gross. I thought everything was so cool!)

    • Pam says:

      Oh and Insect Lore has a sale going on. Buy one butterfly garden and get the second for free. You just might have to pay for shipping on both. The sale runs until tomorrow, July 7, 2011. Just wanted to throw that out there!!!

  12. […] The kids learned about the area’s ecology, helped trap a few blue crabs, held a fiddler crab for a few brief moments before he got away, reviewed the life cycle of the butterfly at the Center’s Butterfly Enclosure (fascinating because they had just hatched their own)… […]

  13. […] was a busy time for you. Together, we raised butterflies, vacationed on Hilton Head Island,  played outside, painted and glued and colored and drew, made […]

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