Butterfly Gardens We began with plants that attract adult butterflies and support the caterpillar such as wild plants and weeds, lantana, passion vines and butterfly weeds. The lower grades watch a batch of painted Lady Butterfly larvae grow in portable habitats The little caterpillars grow nearly five times larger before fitting into their coccoons. The caterpillars go through metamorphosis to become adult butterflies and are released into our butterfly garden. Several weeks after the first butterflies were released, our afterschool science club discovered eggs, and caterpillars throughout the garden. The caterpillars did not all look like the painted ladies. Strangers had come to our flower spot. These little bugs ate their way through four Mexican Butterfly Weeds in just three days. We found two different species of butterfly in our garden beside the painted ladies. One type was lying on the ground while the other found a place to hang. Thanks to the hard work of our GREW Crew, we have enjoyed many visitors.