Step 1: Planted parsley
Step 2: Saw 4 black caterpillars on the parsley and realized that my mother-in-law had collected caterpillars like this before. Called my mother-in-law asking how to do it. Had the kids help me prepare a large bucket by putting sticks inside and covering with pantyhose to prevent escape. Placed the caterpillars inside and fed them fresh parsley every day for 2-3 days until they formed a chrysalis on a stick. There are no photos of the caterpillars, sorry.
Step 3: Brought the chrysalises inside hoping they would open into butterflies in 9-11 days.
Step 4: This morning I came into the kitchen and found a butterfly sitting on the stick. It was beautiful. The kids were so excited.
Step 6: Watched the children be enthralled to the point where they wanted to eat breakfast outside in hopes of seeing the butterfly fly away.