Tuesday, October 27, 2009

* Woolly Bear Caterpillar Habitat

Our yard is full of woolly bear caterpillars right now.
The girls are having so much fun playing with them.

Why not turn it into a fun science lesson?

We did some online research about our woolly friends

They eat a variety of plants,
we're picking fresh grass and a few leaves (they like dandelions)
to put in there each day, along with a light spritz of water
(like dew drops -- from our snail tank spritzer)
When they seem sluggish, we'll give them a layer of dry leaves/debris to hibernate in.

We're planning to let them hibernate in our garage
over the winter then, they'll spin cocoons in the spring
and we'll watch them hatch into Tiger Moths!

We had an old fish tank in the garage that we repurposed into
a woolly bear habitat.

The woolly bear tank in the Frog Princess' room...and yes, her
beanie baby snail is wearing antennae warmers : )

So cute and fuzzy...like little pipe cleaner friends.

I'm the lame mom who calls them "the Woolly Berenstain Bears"
yeah... my kids don't think it's funny either.


Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

What an awesome idea! Its a great way to make our kids appreciate Nature and enjoy science lessons too!

...they call me mommy... said...

We have these also! What do these eat? What a great idea!

Kylie said...

oh very cute...can't wait to see their progress.

deanna_hanna said...

So cute...I think I will do this with my day care kids! We dont have many catapillars in AZ....I wonder if I can order some....Any ideas?

Pink & Green Mama said...

You can order caterpillars online from several sources just Google "order caterpillars online" and you'll get a lot of options. You will need to check to make sure they are allowed in your state and to think about what kind of climate/season you will be releasing them (i.e. you don't want to release freshly hatched butterflies in the middle of winter!)

Bridgett said...

What a great idea!
I would love to do this with my kids, but we don't seem to have these catepillars around here in great quantities. In fact, not sure I've seen any at all. :(

Good luck with them!


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