We 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.
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!
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!