Friday, May 22, 2009

Meet The Caterpillars!

Last week, Mom got some caterpillars in her classroom and I got to meet them just the other night! Mom tells me they will soon turn into Painted Lady butterflies. I didn't care too much for them but I did think their food smelled really good. They have this processed food made from the mallow plant plus real mallow plant in there home with them. The processed food smelled like graham crackers...YUM! Mom didn't let me eat any though. She said the caterpillars were growing and needed all they could get. Apparently, if they don't have enough food and they are together then once one goes into a chrysalis the others will eat it! YIKES! I don't want that to happen.

Look how small they were!

And, how they have grown!! One is already in the j-shape too which means that VERY soon it will form a chrysalis and stay inside for about a week until it emerges as a butterfly. Mom's students are SUPER excited about this. :) They observed and drew the caterpillar in a j-shape in their journals today and they even got to eat leaves (lettuce) like a caterpillar for snack...of course, they had a bit of Ranch dressing on theirs. :)

See all the body parts...the Kindergarteners know all of these...impressive, huh! They are one smart bunch!

They even painted some caterpillars with all their correct parts. (For the most part anyway;)

I can't wait to share with you what will happen in about a week! Also, soon I will share some pictures of the tadpoles....a couple of them have hind AND front legs now!! :)


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


Woo are such a good khanine assistant!

Tank woo fur sharing this projekht and upkhoming tadpoles!

Happy LONG Weekend!


The OP Pack said...

The oldest grandbiped did that in preschool and then one day they let them all fly away. It is a great way for them to learn.

Woos, the OP Pack

Sheba said...

Wow, that is awesome!! I will think of that next time I see a funny bug! The bugs are safe in my garden as I let them be. The lizards and pigeons however aren't. Did I tell you that I caught TWO piegons last night? Mom was late from work, so I thought I'd serve myself. She came back just as I was plucking away the feathers. She brought Baghera home - MY BOYFRIEND!!!! but didn't like the way the two of us romped around. She says Baghera is sick but I sure didn't see any of that! I could have played all night, but mom let me have a late night "play-date" with grumpy Kinza. Well, she tried Dennis Mugu first but uhm, that boy is slightly nasty... he tried to pin me up and you know, do what boys do. As if I'm in season, huh?? Anyways. My dinner got only half eaten before I got to chitchat with Kinza, and so since at the office, I caught another one. I didn't eat it though. Didn't even pluck the feathers. Mom doesn't understand how I caught a pigeon at late night, but lol, a girl's got to have a few secrets, right?

Anyways. Today, Allis the goat is all over mom's blog but tomorrow, it's my turn. Finally!!

Hope you have a great weekend!
I'm waiting for mom to get back from Baghera's - but she's promised me a long ride this afternoon. Hurray hurray hurray!

Warm greetings from Africa,

Mango said...

Oh ew! I could hardly look at those pictures. I am afraid of those crawly things. I do enjoy butterflies though.


Sunshine and Mud Puddles said...

Hi Nala!
What a cool post about caterpillars! You mom sounds like a really pawesome teacher.
I have a new blog now; please come meet my new brother! If you would like to link to me, can you please list me as "Sunshine and Mud Puddles"? Thanks!
Love Clover xo

Anonymous said...

Wow you must a foggy scientist Nala! Mom doesn't like crawly things too much, but this was different!

Dennis the Vizsla said...

My wife did the caterpillar thing with her students one year, too -- I think they had a tomato hornworm, if I remember correctly. The kids thought it was the coolest thing!

Rufus, Indie (and Anita) said...

We like bugs but we love butterflies! So beautiful!
Those drawings were great!

Kasha said...

Hi Amber! I found your blog through Esther's blog. I love Rhodesian Ridgeback's! As you can see I am also a large breed owner and am happy to meet another! I am adding you to my companion's list so I can keep in touch. Nala was almost our name. Good job with that perfect name! Stop by and meet our little (big) Africa sometime!
Kasha and Africa

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

That is pretty cool! We sent a link to this post to our aunt in Missouri. She teaches kindergarten too!


Allison (Dog Mom) said...

We love painted ladies! Arr mommee did this project in her classroom every year, too! Sadly her kids did not know all of the special names for things--she was lucky to get them to remember CHRYSALIS and not COCOON!

Gus and Waldo

Suzuki said...

Hi Nala!
I'm just stopping by to let you know that Scooby & Lady have set a date fur their wedding. Stop by my blog to see how to RSVP if you would like to attend.
Big licks to you

Ludo van Doggy said...

Cool caterpillars!
thanks for the learnings.

The Army of Four said...

Now those are some really cool bugs! I can't wait for the updates!
Play bows,

Honey the Great Dane said...

Wow, Nala, what a great post! So fascinating - I loved learning all about these caterpillars...although I do think they look a bit creepy with their hair bodies and legs...but I can't wait to see what they look like as butterflies!

And how cool that you get to go to the classroom to see them and the children!

Honey the Great Dane

Lina, Alih and James said...


You know so much thanks to your mom bringing you to school!!! That is so COOL!!!! We'll hang tight until next week ...

Stinkin' kisses from Sweden..

DCampy34 said...

Thank you for sharing that was very cool and imformative - we have caterpillars in our yard mommy says i cant eat them she is not fun!!

and tadpoles wow what are those - mommy says they are little froggies - we chase the frogs too in the yard - but most of all we like the fishies - mommy lets us catch those

Woodrow Sweetie & MJ

Raising Addie said...

This is soooo cool!

Our mom use to teach preschool in college and always wanted to do this project.

We can't wait to see the next update!

Chasing my tale...
Addie, Lucie, and Hailey

Life With Dogs said...

What fun, and I learned a bit on today's visit. Now the big question: Do they taste like graham crackers? :)