Join us in the CityView Club Room this coming Monday (May 13) from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm for our combined “Second Monday/Caterpillar” Social. Come enjoy some tasty treats, delightful conversation, and door prizes (at 7 pm). Bring your favorite beverage and a butterfly-theme snack to share with your neighbors. If you don’t have time to prepare something to share, come anyway. There will be plenty.
Here is something you may not know about butterflies – especially during the “caterpillar” stage.
When butterfly eggs finally hatch, some of us might expect a butterfly to emerge, but that’s not the case. There are four stages in the butterfly’s life cycle. The tiny creatures that emerge from the hatched eggs are what we call caterpillars, and they do not stay in this stage for very long. During this stage all they mostly do is eat.
Newborn caterpillars start their work by eating the leaf they were born onto. Since certain types of caterpillars only like certain types of leaves and they are unable to travel down Chapman Highway to find an alternative plant, mother butterflies dutifully lay their eggs on the types of leaves their tiny babies will eat. As soon as they start eating, they consume huge amounts of food and instantly start growing and expanding. Their skin however, will not stretch or grow, so they shed the outgrown skin (exoskeleton) several times as they grow.