I’m gonna kill those butterflies.

May 11, 2021


That’s not a rage statement, although I did have a very difficult day – it’s a fact. I would never take my feelings out on butterflies.

One of my parents said that her daughter got a butterfly kit in the mail, and would I like to have it in the classroom? I flat-out lied and said,”Yes! That would be great!” What I meant was, “No. I have enough guilt about the plants I kill.” *sigh* Ok.

We have actually been gifted several butterfly kits, with coupons to get the caterpillars, and I thank the parent but then put it in storage. However, this time the caterpillars were already there, munching away on their weird brown goo.

Over the weekend, all five made their little chrysallises. Chrysalides? Two of them have fallen down, but the pamphlet assures me that ‘this happens in nature’ and ‘don’t worry about it’ and ‘we already have your $25 bucks’. Today I transferred everything into the habitat, including the fallen two, and we’ll just see what happens.

I think they are going to emerge over the weekend, which means I will forget to check on them…… and they will die.

Sorry butterflies. I’m doin’ everything I can.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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2 Responses to “I’m gonna kill those butterflies.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    They were munching on goo? Don’t butterflies eat leaves? Are you sure you have butterflies? Just what is going to come out of those chrysalises? I think you might not want to leave them unsupervised…


  2. Deborah Said on:

    I feel your pain. I hatch chicks every year. It is a lot of pressure. Everyone in the entire school is counting on having those cute little chicks. Fortunately it worked this year; we have eight. Is it legal to bring your students over to look at them? If so, you’re welcome to do so. They leave after school on Friday.


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