We watched those little cocoons intently until they all hatched into Painted Lady butterflies. Excitement!
We fed them yellow-tinted sugar water.
And then, because their life span is only about two weeks, we decided to let them fly into the great loveliness of our backyard.
We thought they'd possibly hang around for a bit and let us enjoy them, but they took off immediately as high and as fast as they could. Do you think they were traumatized by the three weeks they lived in a house with three little girls?