Thursday, April 23, 2015

Nature Investigation/ Caterpillar to Become a Beautiful Butterfly?

While the little one was exploring outside, we discovered this in the grass:

Does this beautiful caterpillar become a beautiful butterfly? Or it is a garden foe? Good homeschool research - identifying critters in nature.

Not wanting to kill a potentially beautiful future butterfly, we left it alone. Do you know what is is? It's a hairy little thing!

Research reveals this is a tent caterpillar. In maturity, it turns into a nondescript moth - not a beautiful butterfly. And it attacks trees. 

Oh, well...I guess no good deed goes unpunished :)

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