Francesca's notes & observations:
A caterpillar is a larva of a moth or butterfly. A butterfly or moth will lay an egg from
which a caterpillar will eat it's way out of. A caterpillar eats leaves of the plant which
its mother has chosen. It eats until it outgrows its skin and sheads it. To shed it's
skin, the caterpillar must weave a silk pad and rub against it which allows the skin to
slip off. It does this process about four or five times. The last time it sheds its skin,
the skin underneath hardens to form a case called a chrysalis or cocoon. It will remain
there for weeks to years and when it emerges it is a beautiful butterfly or moth.
"Butter" enjoying it's 1st meal in his garden [Summer '04]
Below: Braeden S. of Flushing, age 3, observes newly emerged monarch butterflies in
|Francesca too this photo of her monarch, Stripey.
A. and her family went to Fryburg, Maine in August 2004. Francesca took this photo (below) of a black (unidentified)
caterpillar. [color altered by web guy]