He found a little caterpillar inching across our driveway! If bugs are in my house, there is no doubt, they must die, but when I find interesting things in the yard, I usually try to just let them be, it is their space after all. This was so unusual though, so I ran and got a bowl right away!
The kiddos had a great time finding grass and sticks and put in with the caterpillar and then we all sat on the front porch played with it while I googled on my phone to find out what it was.
|Lily exploring her bowl while we were building her habitat|
|They don't seem to hurt anything, but these giant leopard slugs are just plain ICKY!|
|Lily trying to escape...I can't imagine why she wouldn't want to be a part of this crazy family!|
In our research we found out that this caterpillar has a defensive stance that makes them look like a tiny walrus! They rear up on their back legs (?) and sway back and forth. We were really hoping she would get comfy with us, but she kept doing this...
INSERT WALRUS VIDEO HERE
She did finally stop carrying on when we got her all set up in her new habitat. An old fish tank (last summer's wild life adventure gone bad) worked perfectly. Then we just watched her crawl around on her magnolia branches for a few minutes and then snuggle up for bed. Awww! It was so fun to just enjoy each other and learn all about this cool little creature all night. It was an awesome family activity!
|Lily's new home!|
|"Hi! I'm Lily! I'm the cutest lil' larvae you've ever met!"|
|Lily curled up against a branch for bed, but I think she's starting her chrysalis already, just hours after we found her!|
|This was taken the next morning after we found her...she is definitely in her chrysalis! It should take anywhere from 2-24 weeks for her to become a butterfly!|
|When she hatches, Lily should look like this!|