Releasing The Painted Lady Butterflies

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The weather has been good this week as opposed to the week long lightning and thunderstorms that plundered San Francisco last week. The sun was out and the temperature was in the 60's which was very suitable for our Painted Lady butterflies to be set free. I shared the butterflies developmental stages in my "Our First Success" post so this is a follow-up of that post.

My girls were definitely saddened when we released the butterflies. They didn't want to let their little "pets" go. We released them from our backyard. When I opened the mesh baskets, none of the butterflies flew out. Even when I gently tapped on the side walls, the butterflies still didn't fly out. My little one said, "Maybe they don't want to go mommy." Of course I told her butterflies are happier when they are free not caged in the baskets. Alas, I had to pick the butterflies by the wings one by one and put them on the ground. Some flew away seconds later, and some lingered around. These are the ones that hung around for the longest time before they flew away:





My little girl misses her butterflies. She looks outside her bedroom window since release day hoping the butterflies would return. She didn't check yesterday or today so I think she gets it now that the butterflies have flown far away with their friends.

15 comments:

TK said...

It turns out to be a beautiful butterfly! Children are always so attached to their pets.My children has two pet tortoises who have been with us for 5 years. I've always wanted to let them free but my children won't let me.

Liz said...

Those are beautiful butterflies. Kids really get attached to their pets, it's good that you were able to teach them that they'd be much happier if they were set free. My son loves catching butterflies and dragonflies, I let him keep them for a couple of hours, then he sets them free.

Thanks for the visit. Hope you're enjoying the weekend. *hugs*

Nezzy said...

Every spring we would order the little Painted Lady caterpillars for our Special Ed. classroom. We would enjoy them and then set them free before nature took it's course. They have a pretty short lifespan.

I just wanted to thank you for visitin' and leaving a sweet comment.

Have a fantastic weekend filled with blessings!!!!

Jaiden said...

Amazing how the butterflies stayed still for you to take pictures. They usually fly off when you approach them. I hope your girls are adjusting well to their friends being gone. Have a great weekend!

Cheryl said...

What a sweet lesson for your girls. What fun you all must have had with your "project".

Rose Belle said...

@TK - My girls asked for mini turtles before and I didn't think it was a good idea. You had your tortoises for five years? That's good and your kids must of take good care of them.

@Liz - Geez, I wish we have dragonflies in our backyard! That would be so nice! Have a good weekend too!

@Nezzy - How nice to hear that a fellow blogger share the same passion. It is fascinating to watch the entire process and rather sad to let them go. Thanks for coming back today! Have a great weekend!

@Jaiden - My girls were sad but I think the youngest one has forgotten about the butterflies. My eldest checks around our backyard but she doesn't say out loud that she's looking for her butterflies.

@ Cheryl - it was fun learning and watching the butterfles grow from caterpillars to butterflies. My girls want another kit well let's see...

Crafty Green Poet said...

painted Ladies are such lovely butterflies! Glad you had such success!

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Maybe the butterflies were shocked that they were released. That's why it took time for them to accept that they were free to go.

Astra Libris said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I'm so glad I get to visit your beautiful blog as well! :-)

The butterflies are so gorgeous! Raising them sounds like such an incredible experience...

Ebie said...

I think the butterflies need a little time to adjust and orient to the outside world.

Fly, my pretties fly, and spread your wings!

They really turned out so gorgeous!

P.S. My laptop is back!

levian said...

i am not a big fan of bugs, n that definitely includes imagine having a bug as pet. your girls are pretty brave. :)

Rose Belle said...

@CraftyGreenPoet - I never heard of Painted Lady Butterflies up until now. They are so beautiful to look at in person!

Rose Belle said...

@Willie - Yes, I believe so too. The butterflies were confused and didn't know what to do so they kinda just stayed for a while.

@Astra Libris - Thanks for visiting! It was an incredible biology recap for me!

@Ebie - Yeah, glad you fixed your laptop :)

@Levian - Ohhh, I'm not a fan of animals of any sort which was why I didn't by the kit for my girls. But I was surprised how easy it was.

Buckeroomama said...

Oh, what a cool thing to do with the kids. I wish we have something similar here...

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