Butterfly Garden

Visit our LIVE Butterfly Garden in the Library!

We will be releasing our Painted Lady butterflies to be free and pollinate Upper Moreland on Friday, June 18 at 10:30am!

Watch the transformation from caterpillars to chrysalides, to beautiful Painted Lady butterflies – at the library or with regular photo and video updates below!

Pick up a Butterfly Observation Journal in the Kids’ Room to learn more about the life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly!

Day 16: June 16, 2021

A group of butterflies is also called a “swarm,” “rabble,” “kaleidoscope,” or “flutter of butterflies.”

Day 15: June 15, 2021

Almost all of our butterflies have emerged!

Day 14: June 14, 2021

We should have butterflies soon!

Day 11: June 11, 2021

What is happening inside these chrysalides? The caterpillar parts are liquefying and rearranging to become the cells, tissues, and organs of the butterfly. In a few days we should be able to see the outlines of butterfly wings beneath the pupal shells!

Day 10: June 10, 2021

The chrysalides have moved to their new home!

Day 9: June 9, 2021

Our chrysalides are very still. Not even our time-lapse videos can catch any movement! If a chrysalis feels threatened, it will begin to wiggle and shake. This is a natural instinct to ward off predators, so we are glad they feel so safe and secure at the library!


Day 8: June 8, 2021

Chrysalis close up! It will take a few more days for the chrysalides to fully harden.


Day 7: June 7, 2021

Our caterpillars are pupating, which means they are changing into chrysalides!


Day 6: June 6, 2021

Our caterpillars are crawling to the top of the cup, which means they are ready to pupate (become chrysalides). Any day now!

Day 5: June 5, 2021

What a mess! Those little balls in the cup are called “frass”, or caterpillar waste. It means our caterpillars are healthy – and are eating and growing!


Day 4: June 4, 2021

It is a good sign that our caterpillars are spinning that silky webbing! Caterpillars use the webbing to stick to their host plants, as the wind can easily blow them off the leaves. They also use the silk to pull leaves around themselves to hide from predators that might like to eat them!


Day 3: June 3, 2021

These caterpillars are getting bigger every day! They shed their exoskeletons several times as they grow.

Day 2: June 2, 2021

Day 1: June 1, 2021

These caterpillars will soon transform into Painted Lady Butterflies!  Watch the fascinating life cycle progress!


Remember to pick up a free Butterfly Observation Journal to work on as our caterpillars transform into butterflies!  Each book includes:

* coloring activities

* writing prompts

* word search

* sequencing practice

* life cycle learning

* scientific observation exercises for kids ages 3 to 9 years

While supplies last!