Friday, July 29, 2011

Sheep and a Haircut... Two Caterpillars!

Henry worked really hard on his sheep today, while Oliver did his best to distract him and Jane showed off her new haircut (I hated to do it, but it was so uneven!).

The results:

Last night, Matt found two rather large caterpillars devouring our parsley out in the garden.  He snagged them to show Henry and we decided to keep them.  A search soon showed that we had two black swallowtail caterpillars, caterpillars that love to eat things like dill and parsley.  Since I had just purchased some dill for a batch of lacto-fermented cucumber pickles, we were pretty much all set for their care and feeding.  I fixed up a habitat for them from an old breadbox and they are now happily ensconced in the playroom. 

I hope they make it through their whole life cycle.  One of our science lessons this year is on caterpillars and butterflies.  If these guys do their thing, it will save us having to mail off for butterfly eggs!

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