Monday, April 02, 2007

Our Caterpillars

I know you have all been sitting on the edge of your seats, wishing I would tell you more about our caterpillars. well, your waiting has not been in vain.

The little one that i thought might be dead did survive. We named him Tiny Tim. He is now about the size that the others were when we got them. It's amazing how fast these things grow! They're at least twice as big as they were when we got them on Thursday. When we look at them in the morning, we can see how much they've grown overnight. they shed their exoskeletons regularly. It looks like fuzzy black balls (you can see a couple in the photo). All the stuff at the bottom of the cup is their food. The yellow, round things on the side of the cup is poop. Something else intresting: when we got them, some of them were surrounded by a web. I thought that a spider might have gotten in there & killed Tiny Tim. but actually, the 'pillars make the web. It helps them hold on to the leaves when the wind blows.

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