Butterfly days; out and about

The final installment of our butterfly adventures took us out and about, here are some of the things we did. The Big butterfly count; using a spotter sheet downloaded from butterfly conservation Visiting a butterfly house; our local zoo has … Continue reading

Butterfly days getting creative…

As promised some more of our butterfly themed activities. Caterpillar counting; using different numbers of fingerprints to make the body and our ants on a log game to help us.  Download sheet from funhandprintartblog.com   Butterfly leaf art; made during a … Continue reading

Butterfly days

I’m sorry it’s been a long time again hasn’t it! I realised while organising photos recently that I hadn’t shared with you the butterfly themed activities we did alongside raising 10 beautiful butterflies.  Over the next couple of posts I … Continue reading

Then there were 10!

The following day the remaining 8 butterflies emerged while we weren’t looking.  We kept them for a further 4 days, observing their every movement and feeding them up on fruit and sugary water.  When the rain stopped and the sun … Continue reading

Our very cheeky butterflies

For the past 7 days our chrysalides have been hanging around quietly while they make their secretive changes.  On the morning of day 17 (since their arrival on our doorstep) I noticed that some of the chrysalides had started to … Continue reading

Our very wiggly chrysalides

  Day 13 after 3 days of hardening we removed our chrysalides from their poo/food/web gunk.   We cleaned them gently with a cotton wool ball while they furiously wiggled their little bodies, and placed them in their new netted home … Continue reading

Our very hungry caterpillars

3 days after our return from holidaying in Norfolk we received 10 tiny black caterpillars in a little parcel on the doorstep.  We ordered two jars (1 each) of Painted Lady caterpillars to raise into butterflies from Insect Lore. We … Continue reading

Day 25: Longing to be beside the sea…

For me, day 25 brought more of the same, sanding, gardening and making friends with minibeasts.  E and M, very fond of the seaside and with an impending visit to celebrate their birthday, also did a bit of sea themed … Continue reading

Day 23: Wild teacher

Day 23 I stepped into my role of wild teacher to more than two as thirty little ones arrived at our local nature reserve.  In the morning they adopted the role of nature detectives, discovering the wildlife living at the … Continue reading