This week we observed metamorphosis.
It was simply amazing!
The children thought it was the coolest thing EVER!
Here is what we witnessed!
These caterpillars LOVE fennel, dill and parsley.
They ate and ate and ate!
(And pooped a ton!)
Then right before our eyes we watched one of the caterpillars
transform into this chrysalis.
(We now have three more chrysalises.)
Isn't this amazing? Those gorgeous wings are all rolled up inside the chrysalis.
(I was happy the children were able to see this part of metamorphosis.)
On Monday morning, we saw this beautiful
Black Swallowtail butterfly in our viewing box.
It flapped it wings over and over to help them dry.
We took the stick it was on and walked outside.
The children were mesmerized.
The butterfly stayed with us for several minutes.
Finally, it flew onto the roof
where it paused for a few more minutes.
And, then it was gone.
Tomorrow we have two more butterflies to set free.
Hooray for metamorphosis!
Did I mention we have a new "PET" tarantula in our class?
His name is Fred.