By Wendy & Katie
July 26, 1997
July 26, 1997 We released all of our butterflies today. We did it late in the afternoon because that seems to be the time when we see butterflies fluttering through our backyard. We asked the 2 neighbor children to come and watch and help. Matt and his sister Rachel were also here. One Painted Lady had died. It looks as though it couldn't get free from it's chrysalis. It's wings, one of it's legs, and part of his body was trapped in it and it could not wiggle free. I tried to help, but it was impossible to try and peel that part of the chyrsalis that was stuck around him. I had hoped that what little I was able to remove would have been enough to help him break free from the rest, but it was not. If I had tried to help anymore I would have killed him by squishing him. I decided it was time to leave it alone and let nature take its course. Unfortunately the butterfly did die. When we removed the top of the aquarium the Painted Lady butterflies flew away fast. The Monarchs however, just hung around in the cage. A couple of the butterflies got a smell of the fresh air and immediately flew up and out. The rest we helped by letting them crawl on our fingers and then removing them from the tank and holding them in the air. They flew off after a couple of minutes. For a few brief minutes you could see all of the butterflies fluttering around the back yard. One of them even went to the butterfly garden...that surprised us! Pretty soon noine of them could be found though. We were sure they went to find their "boyfriends and girlfriends" as Katie puts it. After the release we talked about why we think people like butterflies so much. Here is a list of why we think people like them: WHY PEOPLE LIKE BUTTERFLIES **They are fun to watch **They come in many shapes, colors, and sizes. **They like plants and flowers like we do, so when we have them in our yards, the butterflies come to. **They do not bite or sting. Can you guess what the biggest "seller" in that list is? Who doesn't like an insect that doesn't bite or sting? I bet we wish allbugs were like that!