The caterpillars will stay in the jar, and grow, eating only the special food in the jar. Then they will form chrysalides near the top of the jar, at which time we'll transfer them to the included butterfly pavilion. Then they will hatch, and we'll look at them for a couple days, then set them free. The directions said we should expect to see butterflies in about three weeks.
They arrived by FedEx, and when I told her, "The caterpillars are here!" she came running, and sat down at the kitchen table. "Mama, scissors!" "Mama, open the box!"
I don't know if they were quite what she expected to see, but they were a bright spot in an otherwise difficult morning.
Delaney tries to open the jar. What's the point of caterpillars that I can't smush in my little fingers? she wonders.
Now here's something I can smush in my fingers!