The butterflies had really become part of our family. Gator and Peanut had talked to them everyday as itty bitty caterpillars, then while they were in their little cocoons and once they hatched they were just in love. At one point we accidentally let one out and it flew around the house and kept landing on Gator. She loved it. Of course, I don't have pictures of that!!
(pardon their nightgowns which are like two sizes too big on both of them!) Below, Peanut is pointing to her butterfly on her pjs!
The lifespan of a butterfly is 2-4 weeks. I thought we'd keep them for 1 week and then let them go. Vegas said, "Let's keep them and release them on Easter..." I thought that was a great idea...except Easter was just over 2 weeks from when they hatched.
Sadly, we had to open our tent and let the butterflies go last Friday, so a week before Easter.
Gator was REALLY sad but I could see that two of the ten butterflies were not going to make it much longer...I told her "we need to let the butterflies see the world..." and she was like, "but they love it here"...and I reminded her about how she loved it in Virginia, too, even though she loved it here a lot. Maybe these butterflies needed to go see the world...and the beach...and all the wonderful things.
She then repeated it to Peanut..."the butterflies need to go see lots of stuff...they need to see the beach because we love the beach...but first they need to go to Sea World and see Shamu" uh...ok :) See the World or Sea World...either way, we let them go!
Some flew away quickly, others circled...one stayed very close to Gator and two others never really made it off the ground.
I am so glad that we were able to experience the life cycle of the butterflies. I think it was a great learning experience for all of us!
I hope we are able to do it again soon! Although, I'm thinking maybe ladybugs next!!