Have you ever seen a Banded Woollybear Caterpillar? Autumn is the time of year when you start to see many of them in your yard or crossing the roads! I remember seeing so many along the side of the road as a kid. We used to say that the bigger the woollybear the harder the winter.
On Monday we had a fantastic day of child-led learning! We took a walk down the road to the pond and discovered a Banded Woollybear Caterpillar! Caden was fascinated by this tiny creature so we brought it home to observe and learn all we could about it!
Once we got home I found a jar to put him in and we observed it while I read from a page in our field guide. We learned that they like to eat clovers and other plants so we went back outside to pick some clovers to add to the jar.
I did an internet search and we learned that these caterpillars hibernate during the winter and then turn into a tiger or Isabella moth in the spring. They also don’t predict the weather, that’s just an old myth!
After observing and reading all about the Banded Woollybear Caterpillar we made a cute craft using yarn! You can read all about how to make your own on yesterday’s post!
Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Resources
- Oh no, Woolly Bear by Patricia McFadden
- The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Laurence Pringle
- What’s that Sound, Woolly Bear? by
- Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along Guide (Take Along Guides) by Mel Boring
- From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1) by Deborah Heiligman
- Peterson Books Young Naturalist Caterpillars by Peterson Books
- Bug of the Week: Banded Woolly Bear– Growing with Science Blog
- Predicting Winter Weather: Woolly Bear Caterpillar– Old Farmer’s Almanac
- Observing the Woolly Bear & Rasing a Woollybear Caterpillar– My Nature Apps
And now it’s time for the Saturday Science Blog Hop & Link Up!
Child-Guided Research from Suzy Homeschooler
Pumpkin Science Classic Experiments With A Twist from Little Bins For Little Hands
How to Make Natural Dye With Kids from The Usual Mayhem
Spooky Pop Rocks and Soda Experiment from Lemon Lime Adventures
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