Growing Caterpillars: A Brief Flirtation with Pets

growing caterpillars

After hearing all the hype about how amazing it is to witness the life cycle of a caterpillar, I ordered some for the girls as a little summer project. They arrived all teeny tiny in a small pot complete with their food (which is the brown stuff at the bottom). Here’s how we got on with growing caterpillars…

growing caterpillars

after just a few days, they had tripled in size and were getting pretty fat…

growing caterpillars

then they started migrating to the top of the pot, and turning into cocoons…

growing caterpillars

one little dude was much later to the party than the others, and took a few extra days…

growing caterpillars

once they started to hatch we moved them into a bigger home…

growing caterpillars

where the girls fought over who got to look at them!

growing caterpillars

Over the next few days we’ll release them in the garden. It’s been a fun month, and it is really fascinating growing caterpillars and watching them change. Nice to briefly have pets, but I don’t think we’ll be getting a dog any time soon.

21 thoughts on “Growing Caterpillars: A Brief Flirtation with Pets

  1. We did the caterpillars this year too, the boys loved it, and definitely a great, brief, way for them to have a pet! I’m with you on any longer with, for the moment anyway 🙂 Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x Sorry for the delay in commenting/sharing, but we had a wonderful time in New York 🙂

  2. Thanks my dear, my plan b ended up spending hours researching literary agents and choosing three to send the manuscript… the first three chapters have now been sent and the waiting game has begun!! Really hope i hear something soon, even if it’s out and out rejection xxx

  3. Haha. Are they easy to look after? Been thinking about these but my daughter and I are a bit creeped out by creepy crawlies. Great interpretation of #theprompt. Awesome pictures too x

  4. Accidentally posted that before I’d finished! As I was saying… good luck with ‘plan B’ !

  5. It looks like such a fun summer project! I’m going to try and remember it for my boys next summer as I think they would love it! (& ps hood l

  6. Ah we did that a couple of years ago. It is facinating isn’t it? We were pretty gutted that they changed into butterflies when we were out one day! It was so typical…we had been waiting patiently for weeks!!

  7. I would never have a dog. To be fair though I wouldn’t have any kind of pet – I’m just not an animal person and it all seems like a bit of a faff and expense too. Caterpillars look fascinating though. One of my friends at work got stick insects for her little boy so maybe one day we’ll stretch to that! JJ tried really hard to make friends with a fly the other day bless him!

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