Monday, April 20, 2009

Stinkbug babies, Eastern River Cooters and Cooperhead Snake!

 
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8 Comments:

At April 20, 2009 at 9:27 AM , Anonymous Mom said...

Candy - your pictures and reports are wonderful! They look like professional photos - I'm so proud of you and I'm sure all the students will be learning from your work. Can't wait to see your report tonight.

 
At April 20, 2009 at 9:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs. Duff,
Congrats on finding the 2nd caterpiller!! We are so proud of you.The class wants to know if you are ok and if you are scared? We really liked the picture of your caterpiller, it was cool. As a class we went to the Discovery Life site and identified the caterpiller as a LOPHOCAMPA MACULATA. We saw that the caterpiller had a horn, dense hair, lashes, and it was a yellowish green color. We also found out that the word frass is insect excrement which we also found out means poop. We knew what a herbivore was so we had an idea what herbivory was. We miss you and hope you have a good time and keep finding caterpillers!
Love Mrs. Duff's favorite class :)

 
At April 20, 2009 at 2:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs. Duff,
How are you doing? We are proud of you for finding a caterpiller. Can't wait for you to talk and see you on Wednesday morning. We tried to identify the caterpiller that you found and we came up with the same one as your class, the LOPHOCAMPA MACULATA. We enjoyed trying to identify the kind of caterpiller you found. We also found out that frass is insect poop and herbivory is the act of eating plants. Be safe and have fun and don't get bit by snakes. Talk to you later :)
From,
Mrs. Gidden's class

 
At April 20, 2009 at 2:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. Duff,
Are you having fun? How lond did it take you to find that caterpillar? How long does it take you to get to the caterpillars? Who tells you what the name of the caterpillars? Do you know if the snakes were poisonous? Is the caterpillar you found poisonous? D.o you like looking for caterpllars.
If you have time we would love to hear form you. We will check back tomorrow. YOur first grade friends

 
At April 20, 2009 at 8:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear mrs.duff im so glad your doing fine congradulations on finding the 2nd caterpiller i miss you and hope you find more caterpillers. your student camden

 
At April 20, 2009 at 8:28 PM , Blogger Mrs. Duff said...

Hi Camden,
Thanks for going above and beyond and posting messages. I miss you and all the class. I'm doing fine and having fun. I can't wait to get back and share everything with you.

Love,
Mrs. Duff

 
At April 20, 2009 at 8:39 PM , Blogger Mrs. Duff said...

Dear First Grade Friends,
Here is a response to your questions:

Are you having fun? YES! It is weird hanging out with people you don't know, but we are getting along and working hard to accomplish our mission.

How lond did it take you to find that caterpillar? Only about 5 minutes. Actually, I was waiting around while a group was looking for another caterpillar where there was herbivory, and just happened to spot it. It was really lucky!

How long does it take you to get to the caterpillars? We look for herbivory, then stop and look for the little critters. Sometime we find them, sometimes we don't. We are about 10 minutes away from the site, but it is flooded.

Who tells you what the name of the caterpillars? The lead investigator, Rebecca Hazen. She is working on her dissertation. We also have lots of books called field guides. I purchased one to use before I came. It is called "Caterpillars of Eastern North America," and is a Princeton Field Guide.


Do you know if the snakes were poisonous? YES!! Both are very poisonous.

Is the caterpillar you found poisonous? It is not poisonous, however, because he is hairy, if you touch it, the hairs can break off into your skin and irritate your skin.

Do you like looking for caterpillars. It is fun. It is like going on a scavenger hunt. It can be frustrating when you don't find any, but we never give up!


Thanks for writing. Keep the questions coming! Have a GREAT week.

Mrs. Duff

 
At April 21, 2009 at 2:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. Duff,
We are so amazed by your fabulous website! There is so much great information and amazing pictures. It is hard to limit all of our questions to just three for tomorrow! We hope you are having fun, and can't wait to see you LIVE in the field tomorrow!
Have fun, and discover a new breed of caterpillar for us!!
Your Friend,
Ms. Thorsen's Class

 

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