I was wondering what I was going to write this week in our caterpillar diary as nothing has happened at all since my last post. I came downstairs this morning, walked into the kitchen, clicked the kettle on and noticed something strange out of the corner of my eye. Something was different in the ‘caterpillar jar’. I wasn’t wearing my contact lenses so it took me a few seconds to register exactly what had happened.
It would appear that someone had been rather busy overnight. We no longer had a pupa in a cocoon, we had a little moth – a Lackey’s moth to be precise (thank you Guru Gramps for your encyclopedic knowledge on all things bugs related)
I called my son to show him our new friend. He was aghast. Wow, Mum, we’ve got a Moth!! Daddy! come quickly.
We decided to let the moth go and opened the patio doors – he nearly didn’t make it as Brewster took a huge leap to try to catch him (I would have been mortified if he’d caught him after the last few weeks!) Off he went, to start the lifecycle all over again.
I managed to peel the cocoon away from the inside of my storage jar, it was impossible to see how the moth had actually escaped from the cocoon itself as it looks totally intake – a mystery …..
I then pulled the cocoon apart – texture not too different from cotton wool – surprisingly strong, to reveal the empty pupa inside for the first time ……
It’s been a fascinating few weeks in our house. Although I grew up with all manner of bugs, I’d never seen the actual transformation the caterpillar undertakes, so I learnt a lot. My son has learnt even more and has been captivated for the entire time. I think he’ll be a little lost tomorrow morning when there is nothing to check in our storage jar!