While out for a Sunday walk on a nearby hiking trail, we found ourselves in a field of milkweed. I remembered that I had wanted to find Rowan a monarch caterpillar this fall, with hopes of bringing it home and watching it form a chrysallis and emerge as a butterfly. This is pretty much the one thing I remember about first grade- watching monarchs hatch in our classroom and thinking it was the coolest thing ever. We were in luck- after turning over a few leaves, we spotted our new (but temporary) pet, who Rowan has decided to call "Molly Monarch." We carefully broke off the stem of Molly's milkweed plant and carried her back to the car while she continued munching away on leaves. We made a home for her in our vacant goldfish bowl, and we are now obsessively watching her every move, waiting with anticipation for her to climb to the top of the container, get into her "J" shape formation and make that amazing green and gold chrysallis. Updates to follow!
|Speculation about what Molly will look like- Rowan painted a picture of what she thinks she'll look like as a butterfly|
Oh, and here's a cool video Rowan and I watched to see what will likely happen to our caterpillar--this is an interesting video filmed at the Chicago Nature Musuem using microscopic cameras and time-lapse photography: