Animal Discovery – The butterflies have hatched!

On Friday 24th May between 9:30 and 11 am, two of our five butterflies hatched! They took a little while to dry out their wings then fed themselves on our home made nectar. Miss Samra released them a little while later. The other butterflies hatched on Saturday 25th May healthily. Sadly, one of the pupae didn’t hatch because it had died so Miss Samra buried it. Take a look at the photos… What can you spot?

Animal Discovery – Pupae – Day 15

The Painted Lady Butterfly larvae (caterpillars) pupated at the weekend… They will transform over the next few days. Three of them didn’t manage to hang themselves up properly but we hope they will still hatch healthily. Take a look at shape and colour of them… What do you notice..? Watch the clip using the link below to remind yourself of the cycle so far and how they will change.

These are 2Ms caterpillars ready to pupate. They are making a ‘j’ shape with their bodies.

Click on the link for a short clip that shows their whole life cycle:

Painted Lady Butterfly life cycle

Animal Discovery – Caterpillars – Day 12

Wow! Look at the size (length and thickness) of the caterpillars at the end of this week!!! They’re about 5 centimetres long now – How quickly they have grown!!! There is so much caterpillar poo called ‘frass’ in the pot now (the small and larger dark green balls) and lots of rolled up old skin that they have shedded (the small black spiky balls). We think that they will be pupating very soon….Take a look at the photo: