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 class...you 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.