I fixed up their net to make it more secure, and hopefully escape-proof. No such luck! Through the weekend I continued to find caterpillars here and there. I even found one attached to a thank-you card that eventually went into his chrysalis.
I went to school early this morning to get some work done. When I arrived, the caterpillars there needed new plants to munch on so I started dealing with them. As I walked down the hall to our classroom, I saw a caterpillar crawling down the HALLWAY! Upon closer examination, there were about 5 in the hallway and 10 in the classroom, inching their way around. Once the children arrived and heard there had been an escape mission, they scoured the classroom and found a few more, including 2 hanging in chrysalids from tables and 2 chrysalids in the middle of the floor! Geez Louise!
Things are back under control now and everyone is safe in a place. That is, until the chrysalids around the room start emerging and we have to chase down loose butterflies!
|Their new home, before it went into lockdown mode with tape and numerous clothespins.|
|The first escapee - notice his friends further along the floor.|
|This guy made down three steps and was headed out the door.|
|In the bathroom...|
|The first escapees I found, I thought THIS was a lot. I also thought I had caught them all. Silly me.|
|In the kleenex.|
|Now that is talent. Climbing the wall!|
|When Emily got up there were a couple more out, looking for a challenge. She won, easily!|
|Later in the afternoon, this is clear across the house.|
|All the way downstairs in the basement on some smelly socks!|
|This guy hid from me long enough to attach to this card. This is where he remains, in his chrysalis. It will be a nice surprise when he emerges as a butterfly and wakes us up!|
|I was able to watch this one change from caterpillar to chrysalis! LIVE!|
|This morning at school, across the room, out the door and two classrooms away from his net!|
|Sneaky, this guy attached to the baseboard. Great hiding spot!|
|A chrysalis on a table.|
|And another table.|