Friday, October 8, 2010

Outdoor Nature Hour...Another Caterpillar

After we lost the beautiful green caterpillar that we were trying to overwinter, Boo was dumping some scraps in the edge of the woods.  "Hey", he screams, "a worm with big eyes."  He brings a caterpillar to the house and we begin trying to figure out what kind he is.

 After a few minutes of searching, we figure out he must be a tiger swallowtail caterpillar.  Boo had found him underneath a tulip tree in the edge of the woods and tulip trees are a host to these little guys.  He looks like a cross between an elephant and a caterpillar.  It looked like he had a little trunk.
Here are the boys drawing a picture of the caterpillar and the jar on the table is the home we built for him.
We kept this one in the house for a few days and sure enough, he started forming a chrysalis.  His chrysalis is so camouflaged that it looks like part of the stick he has attached himself to.

 Sorry this is a bit blurry, but you can still tell he looks like s stick.
The boys drew the caterpillar and wrote a brief journal entry about where we found him.
After he formed his chrysalis, we moved him out to the shed, so maybe we can overwinter him there.  He may not overwinter at all, since its turned so warm the last few days.  If we are successful we should see one of these...

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