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.

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