We have been learning about butterflies while we raise them.Â Monarchs start out as eggs and then hatch into caterpillars.Â They eat a lot and start making their web.Â They go into a “J” and they make their chrysalis.Â Then they turn black, black, black, black and then they will start pulling away from their chrysalis and then they will emerge! In the fall Monarch butterflies start leaving for Mexico.
We are making Monarch butterflies for Mexico.Â Some friends and us are doing them together. We made them yesterday and we will mail them.Â 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.Â In the spring, when the real Monarchs come back, we will be sent some too.Â Â Here is a picture of all the butterflies that were made.
We won’t get the same butterflies back.Â They may or may not look as nice because they flew a long way.Â If you want to watch too, here is where!
Today, we went over to the Farmer’s Market.Â There is a circus there.Â We saw a miniature hippo (we think).Â We saw elephants, they got washed, and they got decorated for the circus. We saw some ponies, camels, a zebra, Llamas and some El Pacas.
My favorite was petting the pony! The pony was three months old.
Momma found this poem by Red Skeleton.Â I like parts of it.Â He wrote it for his Daddy.
By Red Skelton
The circus! The magical city
That appears and disappears with the bat of an eye.
A cathedral for children and adults
Made of canvas and trimmed with red wagons.
A sunburst of wheel, pink lemonade and cotton candy.
A temple housing the unity of man and beast…
All performing for the good of their fellow man
With shouts of glory.
The perfomersâ€™ only reward is the echo of the applause
And laughter of children…
How sad it would be if my youth would pass away
And not see the beauty of the big red wagons,
And taste the rare vintage of pink lemonade!
Or become so blasÃ©â€™ that I couldnâ€™t offer a silent prayer
For the man on the flying trapeze,
Or sigh as I watch him swing to and fro.
P.S.Â I got to see two boys spinning on two wheels.Â They were practicing for tonight. It looked like “boy stuff”.
Today is Andrea’s birthday!Â We went to the park.Â We played on a tire swing and went down the fire pool.Â We played with sand. I wish we had sand at home. We had ice cream.Â We saw colorful leaves.Â We found a beautiful, really pretty pink leaf.
We also made Mummies and Carmel Apples.Â Here’s how you make Caramel Apples.Â Melt caramel candies, wash some apples. Get some wax paper on a pan and butter it. Get a stick and push it through the apple. Then take the melted caramels and get the apple and put it in the caramels. Then you take it out and put some jack-o-lantern shaped candy and put it in the sprinkles. Then you put it on the pan.
There you have it.
I got to hold Snuffy.Â He is a Corn Snake.Â He has been around kids ever since Miss Krista had him.Â He is nice.Â Â
There was a Garter snake, it was smaller than the Corn snake.Â 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.Â It went down Mark’s vest.Â It came out funny, funny, funny.
Adrian held the Corn Snake.Â And Adrian had the Corn Snake like a leash with a clear (invisible) dog.
The Corn Snake eats mice.Â He eats two or three mice every two or three weeks.Â He does not eat any time else except mosquitoes.
I had fun.
We had a caterpillar. He was in a J.Â That’s how you know they are getting ready to make their chrysalis.Â Then they get straight, then they start getting green stuff on them if you are raising Monarchs.Â Then they will wiggling, trying to get their skin off–their old skin off. Most caterpillars will be okay and will hang safely.Â But sometimes they will fall.
If they land hard, they will die.Â If they land softly, they may not.Â We had a caterpillar who fell while making his chrysalis.Â I felt sad.Â Today, I feel sad because one of our caterpillars got sick and died.Â He was not making his chrysalis.Â We don’t know why he died.
I am thankful that “Georgie” was not in that cage.Â We had moved him into the butterfly cage because he was starting to eat a lot.Â Now he getting ready to make his web.Â Then the next day he will be in a J.
I am thankful that he was not in with the little caterpillar.Â We have a tiny tiny little caterpillar and I am glad he did not get sick.Â We have three more caterpillars and they are done for this year.
They are going to go over to Mexico soon!Â If you keep them in a house that you keep hot, and you feed them, that is okay.Â It would be fun to keep a butterfly in the house over winter.
I have a new boy butterfly! His name is Flower (we thought he was a girl).
I looked for caterpillar this morning.Â I was looking on milkweed.Â I wasn’t looking under leaves, but we found a huge caterpillar.Â Now it is making its web on the top of our cage.
Momma tried a new trick.Â She learned about it from a book.Â She made a little envelope and put the butterfly in carefully.Â We put the envelope in the refrigerator for three minutes (Momma said NEVER longer than 5 minutes!).Â We took it out and it was moving very very slowly, because it was cold.Â (Momma said that they are cold blooded, and the cooler refrigerator makes them cold.Â So they need to warm up).
We took him out and holded him and got pictures.Â Now he is in our big cage that we made.Â We will let him loose soon.
We have been raising Monarch butterflies.Â I raised a girl Monarch butterfly.Â I have a chrysalis, two caterpillars and one egg.Â I like my caterpillars. The biggest caterpillar we have is Georgie. Soon the butterfly should be hatching.
When their wings are straight, straight, straight, we release them. You have to pinch them by their body in the front.Â You pinch them soft. Then you take them outside and put them on a thistle that is open or a flower.Â Put them on a thistle and they will stay and eat.
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.Â He likes to eat milkweed too!
Mommy and Daddy made my blog. I guessed that I had a blog.Â I like it!
I’m in first grade and going to have lots and lots of fun.Â I don’t know what I am going to learn.Â But I know it’s going to be fun!
Momma named this Curious Audrey because I am curious.Â It is easier for me to get to sleep with my Curious George.Â He is my favorite toy.