This week we have seen huge changes. Firstly, the caterpillars all became chrysalis, and hung from the top of the lid. This was the sign to us that it was time to move into the chrysalis station, and go into the net habitat. Mrs BC carefully moved them over. One chrysalis fell from the lid at the start of the week but we have researched it, and it should be ok if we lie it on a paper towel inside.
At the end of week 3, the chrysalis have started to hatch! We had the loveliest day, watching them emerge with crinkled wings and then rest after their big adventure. Everyone was so excited and we couldn't believe how quickly they came out of the cocoon. The one on the paper towel hatched at 8.45am and we all saw it! Ben has named the first butterfly Barry, so we have named the other three Gary, Harry and Larry. Larry has really struggled to come out of the cocoon, and might not survive, which makes us a little sad.
We have learnt that butterflies release red liquid called meconium but this is a sign they are healthy. They also need sugar water (nectar) to drink, so Karammani helped put some in the habitat on a flower. Mrs BC will buy them some fruit for their snack tomorrow - apparently they love oranges!
We think we might release them in a couple of days, but we are hoping the other chrysalis will hatch soon too. His name is Colin!