Friday, September 17, 2010

Tulip JoJoes the Caterpillar

After being somewhat housebound with sick kids for a couple days last week I was ready to bust out. Last Sunday the girls and I went to the Wausau Festival of Art to enjoy the kids crafts and face painting.

While at Art in the Park we bought a Monarch caterpillar. I thought it would be fun for us to watch the process. Bennet named 'her' Tulip JoJoes. Or JoJoes for short. She ate all day Sunday and Monday.

By Monday night she was full. (Just like in the The Very Hungry Caterpillar book). She attached her end to the top of the lid and started to curl up. This is what she looked like when I went to be around 11 p.m.

When we woke up in the morning she had finished transforming into a chrysalis. I think Nick said something like "Well that's surprising"

In about 2 weeks the process should be complete. Apparently this type of Monarch will migrate south and live 6-8 months in Mexico or Southern California. Very cool!


Casie said...

Isn't it fun to watch that whole process! We found one out on the milkweed in our field before school started and watched it too. The kids loved it!

kimbethke said...

That is so neat!

Laurie! said...

This is so cool!!

monica said...

That's so cool...what a neat thing for your kids to be able to see and take part in.

Brenda said...

How FUN! :) Can't wait for more pictures.