On Monday, Hannah brought in a mysterious caterpillar. It was yellow and fuzzy, with black eyelash-like spikes on its two ends. To our surprise, it immediately started to spin a cocoon. How wonderful to watch this process. The students were able to see the caterpillar as it made the cocoon thicker and thicker. When we came to school this morning, the caterpillar was encased in the web-like cocoon. We have identified it as an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar.
Today, when the Preschool was out on the playground, they found the same kind of caterpillar and brought it in on a stick to the tank where their Monarch chrysalis is waiting to emerge. Tomorrow we will try to find out how long it takes for the American Dagger Moth to emerge from its cocoon.