Monday, July 28, 2008

Quinn and his Caterpillars

Quinn has been collecting fuzzy brown caterpillars and keeping them in a box in the garage is constantly looking for things for their "habitat" as he calls it. He wants to know what kind of moth these will turn into.

Here is some infor from the Milkweed Cafe about woolly bear caterpillars:

Raising Woolly Bear Caterpillars

The true woolly bear, sometimes called woolly worm, is the caterpillar stage of the Isabella tiger moth, Pyrrharctia isabella.

This moth is found throughout the United States and in parts of Canada and Mexico.
The fuzzy woolly bear caterpillars eat a wide variety of plants. They hatch from eggs during the warm weather months, and eat until they are mature. During the fall, they seek out safe places to hibernate until spring. They will often hibernate under rocks, logs, cavities in bark, etc.

They remain as caterpillars until spring when they spin their cocoons. About a week to two weeks later, the adult moth emerges to begin the life cycle all over again.

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