Butterflies #7 and #8 emerged today! We'll have a short break while we wait for #9 ... probably in another week or so.
In case you haven't noticed, I am thoroughly enjoying this whole process! We even bought an official butterfly house today for the rest of our caterpillars (we think we have 19 more right now!).
Nicholas and I walked down a back road near our house on Sunday to get some leaves for the caterpillars we had and we found 8 more that day and brought them home. Yesterday morning when we awoke, there was a "Mowing - next 2 miles" sign set up at the end of the road. The milkweed plants that we got the caterpillars from on Sunday probably got mowed down on Monday! No wonder monarchs have a better chance of survival in captivity.
Anyway, Nicholas and I are glad we saved the 8 that we did.