Vance got a butterfly farm for his birthday back in May. Yesterday we received butterfly larvae in the mail. We now have pets.
For the first 7-10 days we leave them in the container in which they came. We're not supposed to shake them around or anything like that. They have everything they need in that container for this stage of life. Vance pleaded for them to stay in his room, so that's where living right now. We had the talk many times about not taking the lid off, not carrying them around and leaving them put on his dresser, no you cannot hug each one of them right now, and so on and so on.
I got Vance set up with a highly educational show yesterday while I went to the basement to run. When I'm done I walk up the basement stairs and he meets me at the top of the stairs, butterfly container in hand. "Look! These little guys are MOVING!" I assure them that this is normal, because THEY'RE ALIVE. We had the talk again about not running around the house with them.
He's having a great time watching them. He checks on them several times a day and gives us reports on how his 'pillars are doing. Instead of saying "chrysalids" he says "crescent rolls". I love it and haven't corrected him yet. I forgot to snap a picture yesterday, but will today. We have 5 caterpillars now. We'll see how many make it to the next stage of life!