Wooly Bear Caterpillar Emerges Into Tiger Moth

My daughter found a Wooly Bear Caterpillar on our swing set and was so elated. She is a lover of all sorts of creepy crawlies and has taught me so much the past 5 years; my horizons are definitely expanding because of her!

My daughter taught me this!

My daughter taught me this!

After we put “Fuzzy” (she names all of her critters 😉 ) inside a plastic container and I poked several holes in the lid, it was time to do a little research to see how these caterpillars like to live. We wanted to be sure Fuzzy had a nice home and was well-fed. We knew if we took good care of the caterpillar it would live a happy life and we would get to witness Fuzzy emerge into a Tiger Moth.  It was a win, win.

Wooly Bear Caterpillar Emerges Into A Tiger Moth

As superstition goes, if a Wooly Bear’s black bands are long, a harsh winter is predicted. The black bands actually depend on the amount of moisture the caterpillar receives, but I’ll be superstitious for now. Michigan had one of the harshest winters I can remember! :-)

 

I found out that Wooly Bears love spinach and apples and a little soil to burrow in. It is also important to give the soil a little water once every week or so, to keep it moist. My daughter took such good care of Fuzzy; I knew she would!

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We were able to watch Fuzzy change into a cocoon. I had never seen the transformation in person before; SO cool!

 Wooly Bear Caterpillar Emerges Into Tiger Moth

Once this happened, we placed the container into a Pop-Up Butterfly Observation Habitat that we already had.  You could also create a little screened-in cube (using a little wood and screen material) that you could put the container in, lid-free, to watch the tiger moth emerge.

Wooly Bear Caterpillar Emerges Into A Tiger Moth

Wooly Bear Caterpillar Emerges Into Tiger Moth

And here it is…..the Tiger Moth!

"When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her wierdness. They wanted her to change back into what she had always been. But she had wings."

“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her wierdness. They wanted her to change back into what she had always been. But she had wings.” #inspiring

 

I thought it was amazing to see the transformation up-close and personal. As you have probably gathered, it is super easy to take care of a Wooly Bear Caterpillar. It’s fun, educational and something your kids will always remember. Let me know if you give this a try.  Connect with me on Facebook  ←(click here); I love friendly new faces!

Until next time, Happy Exploring With Your Kids!!

~Colette

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