Butterflies Flying to Mexico

Making my butterflyWe have been learning about butterflies while we raise them.  Monarchs start out as eggs and then hatch into caterpillars.  They eat a lot and start making their web.  They go into a “J” and they make their chrysalis.  Then they turn black, black, black, black and then they will start pulling away from their chrysalis and then they will emerge! ButterfliesIn the fall Monarch butterflies start leaving for Mexico.

We are making Monarch butterflies for Mexico.  Some friends and us are doing them together. We made them yesterday and we will mail them.  Momma says that we can watch on the computer where our butterflies are. When they get to Mexico, we should be able to see that.  In the spring, when the real Monarchs come back, we will be sent some too.   Here is a picture of all the butterflies that were made.

We won’t get the same butterflies back.  They may or may not look as nice because they flew a long way.  If you want to watch too, here is where! Our butterfliesMy butterfly

Snuffy the Snake

Audrey and SnuffyI got to hold Snuffy.  He is a Corn Snake.  He has been around kids ever since Miss Krista had him.  He is nice.  Big Baby held a snake too.

There was a Garter snake, it was smaller than the Corn snake.  We could not hold that one because it was not around kids so much and was wiggly.

I putted the big one around my neck.  It went down Mark’s vest.  It came out funny, funny, funny.Who is admiring who?

Adrian held the Corn Snake.  And Adrian had the Corn Snake like a leash with a clear (invisible) dog.Audrey

The Corn Snake eats mice.  He eats two or three mice every two or three weeks.  He does not eat any time else except mosquitoes.

I had fun.

New Butterfly!

FloweremergingI have a new boy butterfly! His name is Flower (we thought he was a girl).

I looked for caterpillar this morning.  I was looking on milkweed.  I wasn’t looking under leaves, but we found a huge caterpillar.  Now it is making its web on the top of our cage.

New caterpillar "Thistle"Momma tried a new trick.  She learned about it from a book.  She made a little envelope and put the butterfly in carefully.  We put the envelope in the refrigerator for three minutes (Momma said NEVER longer than 5 Envelope Experimentminutes!).  We took it out and it was moving very very slowly, because it was cold.  (Momma said that they are cold blooded, and the cooler refrigerator makes them cold.  So they need to warm up).

We took him out and holded him and got pictures.  Now he is in our big cage that we made.  We will let him loose soon.Enjoying Flower

How to let a butterfly go

TiggerFeeding TiggerWe have been raising Monarch butterflies.  I raised a girl Monarch butterfly.  I have a chrysalis, two caterpillars and one egg.  I like my caterpillars. The biggest caterpillar we have is Georgie. Soon the butterfly should be hatching.

Taking Tigger outsideWhen their wings are straight, straight, straight, we release them. You have to pinch them by their body in the front.  You pinch them soft. Then you take them outside and put them on a thistle that is open or a flower.  Put them on a thistle and they will stay and eat.Will we fly right away?

When the butterfly opens its wings, if you see a black dot on the bottom of the wing, it means it’s a boy.

If you see a butterfly that looks like a Monarch, but is smaller and has a line near the bottom of it’s wings, it is a Viceroy butterfly.  He likes to eat milkweed too!Letting Tigger free

My First Post

Mommy and Daddy made my blog. I guessed that I had a blog.  I like it!

I’m in first grade and going to have lots and lots of fun.  I don’t know what I am going to learn.  But I know it’s going to be fun!

Momma named this Curious Audrey because I am curious.  It is easier for me to get to sleep with my Curious George.  He is my favorite toy.