Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Life in a Zippered Bag

Me heading into Honey Island Swamp on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Today I was a zookeeper again assisting other teachers with frass removal and determining if there was life cycle changes.  We have successfully captured at least 23 species or more. 

Here are a few pictures of caterpillars we are rearing that have been caught by the team over the past several days. See if you can identify them.

This pair was a surprise!  Someone found the larger one, but while doing "zoo" we discovered that another smaller one was in there!

Can you research and find out what instar means?  Hint: The above are two different instars.

This is one we haven't identified yet.  We thought he looked like a tiny gummy worm, so Rebecca nicknamed him "Yummy Gummy."  Of course, this is not a scientific term or his scientific name, but we try to have fun in the hot swamp.

This fuzzy guy was a blast. I think I might have "played" with him for at least 3o minutes.  He was very active crawling around.  I was just so fascinated by him.

Well, that's all for now.  Mrs. Duff's are not quite a caterpillar hunter yet.  Your identification skills need to be refined. However, don't feel bad, so do mine! :o)  Wait until you see how big the book is and you'll be amazed to find out that every species is not listed!  Keep trying. I'll let you know if you are correct in identifying them.  

By the way, I know one question was asked today about caterpillars biting.  They have very strong jaws but are not vicious.  They are actually very docile.  They can sting or the hairs can stick into your skin and irritate you.  Some people have had allergic reactions to the stings. 

Don't forget to write questions in the comments daily.  I appreciate Noah, Cali and Camden writing on their own.  It is exciting to hear from you all.  I wish I could have heard you on the call today.  Maybe we can try again on Thursday and Friday.


At April 22, 2009 at 10:59 PM , Anonymous Mom said...

The swamp looks like the Okefenokee in Georgia. Glad that you were already knew all about kayaks. I should have looked at your books before you left so I could help identify some of the fascinating creatures you all have found. You'll have to put names with them all when you're done. Keep having fun and be careful. Love you.

At April 23, 2009 at 10:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs. Duff,
We have been trying really hard to identify all of the pictures of the caterpillars you are finding. Escpecially the "yummy gummy." We seem to keep coming up with the same two species: LOPHOCAMPA CARYAE AND THE LOPHOCAMPA MACULATA. We are very impressed about you finding 23 different species. The students want to know if you know the names of all of them. Do caterpillars eat other insects or only plants? Can certain poisonious caterpillars hurt predators with their poison. Have you found any caterpillars with spines yet? Head horns? Knobs? Split tail? We really want to see some with those cool body features. Have you found any caterpillars in their pupa stage? Is your first caterpillar a pupa yet? What is your job today? Are you still a zoo keeper or something else. We hope to talk to you after specials today. We really hope we can hear and see you. We love and miss you!
Love your favorite classes,
Mrs. Duff's class and Mrs. Gidden's class (we only have 14 students present today) :)

At April 23, 2009 at 1:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs.duff,hope you are having a good time I was just wondoring, How many kinds of caterpillars
there? from camryn


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