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The Great Caterpillar Experiment- Moths!


You may recall that we have been conducting the Great Caterpillar Experiment! We found caterpillars in the backyard and soon learned that they were Oleander Caterpillars. We found TONS on the tree in the yard and kept two in a jar so we could watch up close and personally what would happen. Our caterpillars ate lots and lots of leaves and soon spun their cocoons. I have no idea how many days these little suckers should be staying in their cocoons, but they are still there. However, we did see some “Polka Dot Moths” out and about in the backyard. Crazy how the caterpillars can turn from orange hairy critters to these blackish/ bluish polka dot moths.

I know you’ve been on the edge of your seat wondering how the Great Caterpillar experiment would turn out. I’ll keep you posted if there is any activity in our little jar. Until then, enjoy this picture of the polka dot moth.

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The Great Caterpillar Experiment- Cocoons!

As you may remember, we put two Oleander caterpillars in a jar a few weeks ago. We watched them eat and eat and eat (and poop- a lot)!

One day, they quit moving and their hair began to fall out (the caterpillars are orange with long black tufts of hair). I figured they were either dead or the cocoon process had begun. I say cocoon because I am pretty sure these will turn into moths.

Anyway, we went to the beach for a few days and when we came back, the caterpillars had built what we think are their cocoons! The cocoons are orange and black as well. I tried to take a picture, but I am not sure you can fully see what’s going on in there.

So…now we play the waiting game as we watch and wait for the moths to come out!

As much as I try to understand metamorphasis (is that spelled right?), I just can’t wrap my mind around it. All I know is a worm- like, oddly colored creature goes in and a beautiful winged creature emerges. What an amazing picture of what God does with us. We are worm like and odd, but in his mercy he changes us into a beautiful creation and sets us free from slavery to sin. In his mercy, he extends grace to us and gives us “wings” to experience life through Him.

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The Great Caterpillar Experiment- the Invasion

You may recall that we found caterpillars in the backyard last week… two of them. We researched and discovered that they are Oleander caterpillars that only eat the leaves of the Oleander plant… go figure. Those little suckers eat and eat and eat (and poop… a lot!)… I went out to get some fresh leaves the other day and discovered the motherload! The tree was covered in the little guys (and gals). The kids were excited to say the least and went to grab their cameras. Of course, I grabbed mine too. I think the monkey boy would have stayed out there all day if I had let him. He was so fascinated. So… now we have caterpillars inside and outside to observe. Are you on the edge of your seat excited about all this… I know I am!


The Monkey Boy taking pictures. He said he would never erase them from his camera.


The hungry little caterpillar.


Caterpillars everywhere!!!


Aren’t these caterpillars some of the weirdest looking things you’ve ever seen.

Stay tuned to see what happens next in the Great Caterpillar Experiment.

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The Great Caterpillar Experiment

This morning as the monkey daddy was mowing the lawn, he found a caterpillar! Of course, we had to grab a jar and some leaves so we could observe the caterpillar for a while. The monkey boy was so excited. He was teaching Little Sis all about how caterpillars make chrysalises and become butterflies… to which she replied, “I know… I saw that on Cat in the Hat!”

He was fascinated to say the least with this find. When they went out to collect leaves, Little Sis found yet another caterpillar! So.. in the jar, we have two little buggies to watch.
I tried to look up what kind of caterpillar we had found… I am pretty sure it is an Oleander caterpillar… who apparently only eat oleander leaves … which apparently come from the tree in our backyard (I’ve been wondering what that tree was!).

I don’t know how you feel about catching bugs and keeping them in your home (I am usually in the business of getting them out)… but stay tuned to see how the great caterpillar experiment turns out.

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