Monday, September 19, 2022

Happy Tuesday: Happy Release Day

Our K level class had a monarch chrysalis from the general ed teacher's father. None of us have seen any other caterpillars. So it was put in an enclosure and we waited. 

She eclosed over the weekend and was beating her wings violently against the enclosure. She had to be released immediately. There were three students in attendance this morning and we wanted them to have the experience of handling the monarch, but we could tell that she would not tolerate waiting on a finger tip. 

Of course, this was the day that I purposefully kept my bug camera at home. Rain was forecast and I didn't want to chance getting it wet. I only had my phone camera. It would have to suffice, and it did for this girl. The bug camera would not have been any better than this.

The monarch soared so high over the school,
in huge circles, that we lost sight of her
within 20 seconds.

I edited the video, slowed it down, and merged the two videos together. You still can't see much, but it's a memory of the Release Day that went all wrong! We were extremely pleased and the children experienced their first release. They also learned, after asking, that butterflies are not made of butter, and that they fly with muscles like ours. We have been studying aeronautics so they know the difference between flying, gliding, and floating. Hopefully. 

May we all have a happy Tuesday!



  1. glad to see you release the butterfly. If I am correct I think this one is in very low in numbers today. And ned help.

  2. Always a happy moment when you set them free.

  3. That was such fun to see, thanks for sharing!

  4. What a fun thing for your students to experience!

  5. Great article about butterfly. I like animals too, especially cat and rabbit. I followed your blog now. Thx

  6. The butterflies are beautiful. Happy Release Day!

  7. Setting them free is a beautiful thing. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. ♥

  8. What a delightful and educating experience. Knowing when to not touch, then release is every bit as important, and I am pleased this was taught. After all, it is another living being, and their lives far shorter than ours.
    Beuty personified, for sure.

  9. What a miracle and so glad it was set free ~ A beauty of nature ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Ex[;pres.
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Wonderful the children could see this miracle of butterflies. Your video was quite good with your phone camera.


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