Monday, March 21, 2011

How to find a black banded wooly bear caterpillar

I found a woolly bear caterpillar a while ago and that's why I got interested in the creature
    1. Find a brown and black banded woolly bear caterpillar in October (check the lawn, garden, or even the road)
    2. Put it in a clear plastic jar with a lid (be sure to punch holes in the lid)
    3. Add a twig in the jar and include some fresh grass for your bear to eat.  Note:  Put fresh grass in everyday.  Soon your bear will tire of perching on the twig and will go to sleep on the bottom.
    4. Remove any remaining grass but leave the twig in the jar all winter long.
    5. Find a place outside that is protected from bad weather (a covered porch is nice) and you will be able to watch it hibernate.
    6. In the spring, when weeds start to turn green it is time to feed your bear.  Feed it fresh grass every day.  Soon it will spin its magic cocoon of silk.
    7. In about a week it will become the Isabella Tiger moth.  On a nice day, take the jar outside and set your "tiger" free.