Friday 15 June 2012

Very Hungry Caterpillars!

Earl Soham is taking part in The Butterfly Effect 2012, an educational programme supported by Butterfly Conservation and M&S to get everyone involved in the Big Butterfly Count.

This is a nationwide public survey that will take place from July 14th to August 5th, however, because children are such great spotters, they can start counting from the beginning of July til the end of August.
Keep an eye out in your child's bookbag for their butterfly spotter poster and more information.

Part of this activity also means having our own butterfly garden hatching kit and our 'very hungry caterpillars' arrived yesterday. They are currently cocooned in Mrs Sayer's office, where she will be keeping a watchful eye on them over the next couple of weeks.  Be sure to ask Mrs Sayer how they're getting on, if ever you're in the office.

Once they have become chrysalides, we will transfer them into the Hatching Habitat and wait (anywhere between 7 to 14 days) for the butterflies to emerge.  As soon as all the butterflies have emerged, we will wait for a warm day (may take a while) and release them in the conservation area.

Watch this space for photos of our caterpillar gang as they grow...
                                               ..........not very big at the moment are they?

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