One of our favourite spring activities has been to explore a local pond. We found some salamander larvae and have been checking back periodically to check on their progress.
Salamander larvae are much more developed than tadpoles when they hatch. They are already good swimmers and hunt for their food, as they are carnivores right away (unlike tadpoles, who are herbivores until they become adults).
Within a few short weeks that have grown huge and their little hind legs are starting to bud out. So exciting!We ordered out caterpillar kit again this year. It's amazing to see how fast those Painted Lady caterpillars grow!
The butterflies emerged just a few days ago and we released them yesterday. Look how bronze they are by their bodies.