Monday, April 20, 2009

Zoo Keeper in the making

This is our daily schedule. As you see, we have a very busy day and it is often adjusted to accommodate the needs of the day. Each day, our lead scientists post what we will be doing.  

Today, I was a "zoo keeper"  and part of the "Z
oo Crew." As you know, we store the cap
tured caterpillars in plastic bags and hang them on a plastic rack 
as seen here.

Duties of a zoo keeper incl
ude identify any life stage changes. In other words, looking for larvae changing from a caterpillar to pupa. Additionally, we clean out all the frass 
from each bag!
  It is amazing on how much these little guys excrete. 

This morning, I woke up and checked on the first caterpillar I
 had found. I panicked because I noticed it was not moving a
nd had a small amount of white fuzzy stuff. I quickly called one of the other ecologist, Mark Fox, over and asked what he thought was going on.  He said, to my surprise, that it was pupating!  Over the day, he progressed further.  I cannot remove him to take a clear picture, but this is the same caterpillar attached to the side of the bag.  At this time, it is nearly enclosed in a cocoon and barely visible. It was amazi
ng to witness the progress as the day went on. 

Mystery Photo

Challenge: Can you identify the caterpillar above?  Post your answer in the comments after conducting your research.  

                                    Mystery Bag

What do you think is in the bottom of this bag?  Hint: 
Think of a new scientific term you recently learned about! :o)

First Day Jitters-Me preparing for the first day in the field posing in front of the bunkhouse. Stylish, I might add!



At April 21, 2009 at 6:42 PM , Anonymous Mom said...

WOW - this is really interesting. I find myself checking every couple of hours for a new message. You don't have to post this but wanted you to know (again) how proud I am of you and how impressed I am with your website and all that you've learned. I'm sure the kids and teachers all feel the same. Love you - very stylish!!!!

At April 22, 2009 at 9:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We identified that one really green caterpiller as a Papilio canadensis, larva. Are we right??
Duff's Class


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