Raising A Different Kind of Baby at Graco

twitter-9209-11-45amWe love to celebrate our Graco families – and a few members of our sales team recently welcomed a new addition this September! Twitter was the team’s resident caterpillar, and she has been nutured by the group throughout her entire transformation cycle.  Well, “Twitter” finally hatched, and they tell me she’s a girl! She will fly all the way to Mexico, and will return next year to lay eggs.

 

You may not know it, but becoming a butterfly isn’t exactly easy peasy. According to Monarch Butterfly USA’s Web site

“The total time frame for one butterfly’s life cycle (one generation) is about 6-8 weeks . . . egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly. It grows inside the egg for about 4 days. It then munches milkweed and grows as a monarch caterpillar (larvae) for about 2 more weeks. The caterpillar’s life inside the chrysalis (pupa) lasts about 10 days and its wonderful life as an adult butterfly lasts from 2 – 6 weeks. ”

However, special types of monarchs that fly to Mexico, like Twitter here, can live 4-5 months through the long winter before they make the long flight home to lay their eggs. The pictures you see here are Twitter in the chrysalis, hatching into a beautiful butterfly, and finally getting ready to spread her wings out into the world.

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And the last picture you see here is of our friend Edna, who had the honor of releasing Twitter on her birthday, right before retiring from Graco that Friday. What a way to celebrate!

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This is a tradition our team in Exton, PA has carried out for several years. It must be so exciting to follow that little caterpillar’s journey and to be a part of such a beautiful experience every single year!

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4 Responses to “Raising A Different Kind of Baby at Graco”

  1. Kelly Voelker October 22, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    This just in – I’m told the team has been doing this for 20, yes 20 years!! Amazing!

  2. Donna October 22, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    Something tells me the little girl will find her way back to the benefactor of generations before her….. Ms. Marsha! There are some awesome leaves on the bushes of life outside her residence!

    If you don’t know Marsha, you have missed a total treat! She knows everything about Graco and everything about love and people and life itself. She is a gift all her own!

  3. Bobby October 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm #

    That is such a sweet story. A butterfly’s life cycle is very interesting and really is a celebration of the birth cycle. Thank you for sharing this event. Good luck to twitter on his long journey.

  4. Claire October 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    Oooooh I love this! We have to constantly remind ourselves of the little things – the beautiful little things – that make life worthwhile, and this is definitely one of them!

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