Thursday, January 19, 2012

Willy the Caterpillar

     Yesterday, while walking home from school, Dylan discovered a "wooly bear" caterpillar! I'm no expert on caterpillars, but it seems a little strange that we would see one in the middle of January in 30 degree weather! In case you don't know what a "wooly bear" looks like, here's a pic:
     I'm sure that you've seen one of these guys before... if you live in America. Anyway, we couldn't just leave him there curled up in a ball out in the cold, but I know that some caterpillars sting, so I picked the guy up with a poop bag and carried him home. Dylan has a butterfly habitat kit that he got for Christmas so we put him in there. I thought for sure that the thing was dead but after about 30 minutes, he uncurled and started exploring. 
     Now we have a new issue; I can't find any leaves for him to eat because it is winter. I put some grass in there to see what he would think of that. If he doesn't like it, I suppose that I will have to go to the grocery store to get him some lettuce. And so, Project Rescue-the-Caterpillar has begun...
       Have a good day everyone!

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