Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Inchworm life cycle
Yesterday as we were walking home from school, we found an inchworm like this one. We managed to carry him home on a little twig (he fell off a few times so Liam ended up carrying him for the last part of the trip).
We put him in a plastic container with some grass to eat. He was pretty quiet yesterday evening. We were wondering if he'd been completely stressed out by it all or even if he might be dead.
This morning he was busy eating again so he seemed to have recovered.
Now he's attached himself to the two pieces of twig in the container and looks like he may be starting to spin himself a cocoon.
I wish I'd gotten a photo of him when he was still looking more like a worm. Liam has to do a project on the life cycle of an animal over the next few weeks. It would be great if we could do a hands-on project with an actual living thing.
I've just taken some photos of the early cocoon. Will keep you updated....