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I must admit I’m guilty of letting our kids play with iPad and iPhone. I don’t see any problems about that. However, instead of touching just a plain screen here’s some other things to explore.

To obtain understanding about nature let your kids play with real nature. Caterpillars, regardless of their size, are great to start with. Here’s Sienna with an almost full-size caterpillar of the Death-Head Hawk moth (Acherontia atropos) and a young caterpillar of the Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae). Learning nature is learning diversity, as well.


The butterfly community

In case you’re into butterflies and moths let me tell you one thing: you’re not the only one. In fact, there’s an entire community of people sharing the same interest.

I’ve been following a Facebook group about butterflies and moths of Finland, mostly passively though. Nevertheless, recently I met someone living nearby who has a true passion about raising and photographing butterflies and moths. It was not only great to share stories and learn from someone’s experience. Moreover, it’s a great way to exchange caterpillars. You heard me right. That’s grown-ups meeting at the mall to exchange boxes with caterpillars.

A couple days ago I would have never imagined to suddenly raise caterpillars of the Death’s-head Hawk moth (Acherontia atropos). Now I got two of them, feeding on butterfly bush (Buddleja). They’re so called polyphagic, meaning they accept a wide range of food plants. However, the plant they start feeding on they often want to continue with. This time I was only able to offer a couple caterpillars of the Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) in exchange.

Even though butterflying may sometimes be a lonely hobby there’s a great community. Lots of people with tons of stories and knowledge. I’m really looking forward to learning more from others, you never know what kind of tips you’re going to get.