We finally received a small brown box from California. Inside was a plastic cup with five teeny caterpillars in it. Food was included so all we had to do was sit back and let nature take it's course.
The caterpillars doubled in size within the first two days. We watched them crawl around and eat and eat and eat. After about 9 days they crawled up to the top to form their chrysalis. They stayed in this form for 6 days. I was at work when Daniel called and said, "Oh my god! We have butterflies!"
Out of the five caterpillars, three turned into perfect butterflies, one had really messed up wings, and the last never emerged from his chrysalis.
We enjoyed their butterfly company for three days and decided it was time for them to go. Rain was in the forecast for the middle of the week so the sooner, the better.
And we made a video:
We had lots of fun with this project. I hope we can order some more bugs from InsectLore soon!