Monday, August 8, 2011
Getting Caterpillars for the Tent
Since the adult butterflies can't lay eggs on the plants in the tent, we have to help out. Here are some pictures of how we get the caterpillars into the tent.
Out crawl the tiny caterpillars. Do you remember what they're called when they first emerge from their eggs? They're called "first instars." The number tells how many times they have shed their skins as they grow bigger. As you probably remember, monarch caterpillars shed their skins four times before they "J" and become pupas.
The caterpillar in these pictures is actually a second instar. He's already crawled around, eaten some small holes in the leaf, and shed once.
We think he's big enough, so we played the Pomp & Circumstances March, and took him out into the tent. We'll let you know how he does!
(you can click on any of the pictures to make them larger)