growing caterpillars
Unsugar Coated Motherhood

Growing Caterpillars: A Brief Flirtation with Pets

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.

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  1. Ooooh SeaMonkey’s sound fun, I’ll have to investigate xx

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  4. Great post. I never thought of doing this, we’ve tried SeaMonkeys once or twice but like you we won’t be getting a dog. Love the pics. xx

  5. Really glad you had such a good time lovely xx

  6. Thank you! I’ll definitely be after readers/reviewers at some point xx

  7. Really easy to look after…they come in their own little pot with food, then when you move them it’s still super easy 🙂

  8. 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 🙂

  9. No chance of that lovely, as they come in a sealed container… it really was a fascinating project 🙂

  10. Zomg! Good luck! X. If you need readers, I’ll volunteer. 😉

  11. 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

  12. It really is a lovely little project, glad you enjoyed it too 🙂

  13. Really enjoyed this little project, and so did the girls 🙂

  14. That’s too cute! Stick insects sound like harmless, mess free fun 🙂

  15. 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

  16. What a cool project for the kids to do, i think I’d be terrified of caterpillars escaping into the house though! #ThePrompt

  17. maddy@writingbubble says:

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

  18. maddy@writingbubble says:

    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

  19. The Free From Fairy says:

    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!!

  20. Looks like a great way of briefly having ‘pets’ – and so fascinating for children to watch the caterpillar/butterly life cycle too.

  21. 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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