We bought the kids some butterflies from Insect Lore this year. They arrived and we feed them and they turned into chrysalids in their little containers right before we left for the Cape for the Fourth of July. While we were there for the week they emerged from those cocoons and instead of driving them back home we released them on the last day that we were on the Cape.
Tears. There were tears. Eva was very sensitive to the butterflies being released. She had a difficult time with their release. Andrew was very cute hugging her and trying to comfort her. In the end we released seven of them with one that never emerged from the cocoon. Allison pinned that paper to the tree near where we released the butterflies on the off chance that this last one would emerge.