Learning relationships by raising and studying butterflies
| When you find eggs or
caterpillars, you can snip off a bit of the plant that they are on, and
put it in a jar. Here we use a big mayonaise jar from the school
cafeteria. You can put the lid on it for long enough to go home with
it, but then replace the lid with a paper towel or tissue, so the
animals can breathe. If you have eggs or very young caterpillars, you
may have to get more plant material in a few days, because they won't
want to eat dried-up plant leaves.
If your caterpillar is eating well, you will soon see a lot of green pellets in the bottom of the jar. This is the caterpillar's "droppings" Somtimes you can find caterpillars on plants, even if they have camouflage coloring, by looking for droppings underneath them.
When the caterpillar has grown enough, it will tie its tail end with a silky thread to a stem, and hang with its head downward. Then it will turn into a J-shape, and start to split its skin.
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