One of my students from an April Holiday Workshop emailed the museum with a gracious thank you note and pictures. Lilly was a participant in the “Going Buggy” program, one of our three-hour workshops available on days schools are closed. During the program, we created terrariums, learned the difference between insects and spiders, went on a bug-hunt, and discovered what makes butterflies special. At the end of class, all of the children received their own caterpillar to take home and watch as it metamorphosed into a butterfly. Here’s Lilly with her butterfly, and a close-up of the creature after emerging from the chrysalis.
In the close-up of the butterfly, you can also see what is left of the chrysalis in the top left corner, and the meconium, a waste product from the larval stage that looks like blood.