When I went to bed last Saturday our new addition to the family was still sitting on a hawthorn leaf, not doing very much and still looking very much like a caterpillar. I’d emailed Guru Gramps and was told ‘don’t worry, any day now he’ll disappear into the earth, cocoon himself and pupate’.
When I came downstairs on Sunday morning, our little caterpillar had had a very busy night. I was very excited to see that he had started to spin his cocoon, not hiding away in the earth, but right on the cling film lid of his home! How amazing, and wonderful to show Monkey exactly what was happening.
The only downside to this exhibitionism is that my photo’s aren’t great, but hopefully it will give you, the reader an idea of what is happening to our little caterpillar friend as he starts the next part of his life cycle.
You can just about make out his legs in the photo’s above. We could actually see him spin his cocoon. It was brilliant. We went off to the Tractor Ted Farm show and wondered what stage he’d be at when we returned.
When we got home he was more cocooned and his shape was changing slightly.
On Monday this week he’d changed again, definately more of a cocoon and no longer any visible movement.
Tonight, I’ve been able to peel back the cling film and the cocoon is actually attached to the glass jar. Unfortunately my camera still struggles to focus very well, but hopefully you get the idea.
Watch this blog for further updates 🙂