This time of year we find ourselves enjoying fruit like only the summer provides. When we are done, we like to leave some for the butterflies. We learned this trick by accident years ago when my children were small. Our scraps brought unexpected visitors: butterflies of striking beauty.
We love to watch the butterflies that are attracted to rotting fruit.
Apparently when a piece of fruit begins to rot, some butterflies like to “drink up”. This viceroy butterfly uses its proboscis to suck up some of the watermelon’s sweet goodness.
I have many fun memories of butterfly watching with my kids. It will never get old. (This picture was taken years ago.)
Are the kids looking for something to do this summer? This Crazy Arms Feeding Game is very entertaining and it doesn’t require you to spend a lot for supplies. You probably already have what you need to play.
To set it up, you will need to have a chair for someone (The Arms) to sit on. Another person (The Eater) will sit on their lap. You will need to find a very large dress to cover both The Eater and The Arms as in the picture. I used this brightly printed dress/ smock that I found at a thrift store. I cut it straight up the back and attached a string to each side of the neck (in the back) to hold it closed. You also need some food, napkin, drink… Things like pudding are fun (because they are messy)! Consider your location when choosing food and drink. You don’t want to have grape juice over the new carpet. Outside is always a good choice. Also, remember that a plastic or paper cup would be safer than a glass cup. You don’t want to hurt the eater.
We were a part of the 1st Southern Maryland Chicken Coop Tour (Saturday, 10-2pm). A great way to learn about chicken breeds, housing, and more from experienced chicken owners. We had a fantastic day. The weather was wonderful and we enjoyed meeting a bunch of new people. It was also fun to show off our newly hatched chicks. By coincidence they hatched out the night before.
Jade shows off chick.
Our rooster looks in the window at the hen and her chicks.
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Apparently, these baby birds were found in a nest that was built on the ground. I think they could be a whip-poor will or chuck will’s widow because they nest on the ground. The picture also shows the elongated wings. Anyone a bird expert?