Saturday, September 10, 2011

So long, Bubbles!

So, Mags and Al went exploring this morning and came back with another caterpillar!  (For those of you who have been tuning in with us for a while now, you'll remember the luna moth we cared for and released this past Spring.)  We made the new creature a home, and went to research what we had so we could better figure out how to take care of it.

Here, Mags is setting up his jar ...
Cute little thing!
 Maggie soon named him 'Bubbles!'
 Exploring his new digs ...
Taking his defense stance ...
Bubbles' home construction is complete!
After a bit of research, we learned we had a yellownecked caterpillar (Datana ministra), which later changes into a reddish brown moth, BUT we learned that when the caterpillars are fully grown, they do not cocoon themselves on twigs and leaves. Instead, they leave the foliage, enter the soil to depths of 2 to 4 inches, pupate, and remain there throughout the winter.  Therefore, unfortunately, he cannot reside in his jar.  So, back out he went!

So long, Bubbles!

2 comments:

  1. A beautiful caterpillar, good you guys researched him and were able to let him go to pupate properly! you never know, you could be making a new habitate very soon for a new little critter.

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  2. Jessica, knowing my crew, you're probably right! :)

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