Wednesday, March 2, 2011

They survived their time at school ...

But I have NO idea what one of them is up too now!
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I cleaned the container again this afternoon because one had started doing the webby thing again and I wanted to put some dead leaves in the bottom. I managed to clean it without disturbing the one making the mess ;-)
I was out this morning and I stopped on the way home at the trees where I got the caterpillars from to gather some dead leaves. I bought back an old cocoon so I could show the kids. There were lots on the ground and you can see it's used an old leaf to wrap around it's body - pretty clever aye! Doesn't need to spin so much ;-)

Here's some of the dead leaves I gathered.
Interestingly enough (there's 3 different size caterpillars in the container) it's the middle size one that's started this web (for want of a better word). The large one has just been a pain in the neck! It's been disturbing the middle sized caterpillar and messing up the web that's all over the side of the container. The middle one spend AGES going back and forwards under and over checking out it's web in the corner where the large one had pulled it on the wall.
Then the large one came along and messed it all up in the centre! Here's the middle sized one inspecting the damage!

Very serious business this checking! You can see the large one peeking out behind the leaf!
So far it's not taking any interest in using a dead leaf to wrap itself up. So will be interesting to see what's happened over night!

5 comments:

Mariam said...

You are one busy mama taking care after them. They sure are fascinating. Can't wait to see what happens tomorrow

Yeong Shong said...

this is interesting....

Serene Ho said...

Amazing caterpillar journey. You sure have lots of patience!

J9 said...

do you think that maybe three in one container is too many? given the big one is being a pain lol. I would be annoyed if I was a caterpillar by the big one and his hi jinxs, funny how I seem to assume the big one is a male lol - Janine from NZ

Penny said...

add caterpillar zoo keeper to your CV right now :)