Perhaps it was the early heat, or maybe they just really liked us, but our caterpillars become butterflies very quickly! On Memorial Day, 9 of our 10 caterpillars had made themselves cocoons and were ready to be moved. We carefully took them out of their cups and pinned them onto the mesh of our Butterfly Pavillion. We were advised that this could take 7 to 10 days, but in less than a week, all of our cocoons had opened into butterflies! We gave them orange slices to eat for a day or two and when they all seemed ready, we took them to our garden plot to set them free. Most of them flew away quickly, but others seemed to want to stay. It may have been too soon to release them, but the Tugboats preferred to think that they butterflies just loved us! One of them in particular was drawn to the children and eagerly climbed onto their gentle hands. What a treat to hold a butterfly!