Yes, I am an otaku

Having children definitely makes you reconnect with your own childhood.
So, I have started breeding butterflies like I did when I was a child.
Ben loves watching the little fellas hatch, and so do I.

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This is the moneyshot:


5 thoughts on “Yes, I am an otaku

  1. Wow, that’s great, I need to do this for Anton…can you post of quick ‘how to’ guide, more importantly…where do you get the caterpillars?

  2. 1. Go out and find young caterpillars on stinging nettles. Best place to look is beside a path or around landfill sites. Look for clusters of little black things. There is usually a bit of cobweb looking stuff that the small caterpillars produce that you can look for. This needs to be done late May or early June, depending on the weather. So you are to late for this year unfortunately. Butterflies feeding on nettles are Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.

    2. Cut loads of nettles and make a bunch in a vase. Put the small caterpillars on the nettles and wrap gauze around it. An old curtain will do. Put the bunch on a windowsill and replace the nettles once a week, depending how may caterpillars you have.

    3. Eventually (after about three weeks) all the caterpillars will have turned into chrysalis. Cut them off the nettles and the gauze and pin them to a piece of cardboard.

    4. Wait

    5. After about two weeks the butterflies will hatch. Let them sit for two or three days to unfold and harden their wings completely.

    6. Open window and let them go.

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