Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Caterpillars part I

Our current summer science project is watching caterpillars change into butterflies. We ordered a painted lady caterpillar culture through Insect Lore, and it arrived last week. The first couple hours, the caterpillars did not move at all so I was hoping we didn't get a dud culture, but the insert said it is common for them to take a couple days to move. Soon they started crawling all over it and they have been busy ever since. The culture contained all the food they needed for this stage of life.

Today all 4 of the caterpillars are on the top of the container and forming into the pupa stage. Once they are all attached, we can move the cover into our bigger mesh habitat for the butterflies to hatch in. W & C enjoy seeing them up close and are excited to see their metamorphosis.

See the two pupa hanging down and a fuzzy caterpillar on top?

We wanted to do this during the summer so that we can release the butterflies outside when they are ready. More pictures to follow in part II.


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