Monarch Hunting

By Katie & Wendy

July 7, 1997



July 7, 1997


 Today is such a beautiful day that we decided
to "skip" our lessons and just go
 outside to enjoy the fresh air. Katie and I decided
to take a walk down the
 street. Pretty soon we heard a little voice yelling
for us. We turned around and
 looked up and it was the little neighbor girl. (Her
name is Katie to!) Well the
 little neighbor girl wanted to show us her caterpillar
that she had found while
 she had been walking with her mom. We were
surprised and so excited to see that
 it was a Monarch caterpillar! We asked her
where she had found it, and she pointed
 down the road towards a telephone pole. She told
us she had found him on a plant
 by the pole.
 After looking at him for a while (neighbor) Katies
mom had said we should take
 the caterpillar with us, since we were studying
them. She saw that her 3 year old
 was just to rough with him and didn't know how
to handle it. She told us to take
 him home and watch him change. We thanked
her and promised Katie that we would
 have her come over when he was changing so
that she could see what he was doing
 to. Then Katie and I walked down to the telephone
pole that little Katie had
 pointed to. And what do you think we found? We
found 4 more caterpillars! They
 were on the Milkweed plants eating away! Monarchs
love milkweed; it's their
 favorite food. Here you can see a picture of what a
Milkweed plant looks like.
 There are many different kinds of these plants, but
this is the kind that we
 have around my house. Katie has also colored a
picture of a Monarch caterpillar
 for you to see. It is in the Art Gallery.
 Since it was the end of the day, Katie had left
shortly after our discovery of
 the caterpillar's. I decided to take a better look
around after she had left.
 There is a lot of Milkweed around my house, so
I was hoping to find more
 caterpillar's. And that is exactly what I did. I found
4 more caterpillar's;
 all Monarchs! I gathered them and on my way back
into the house I stopped by the
 neighbors and gave the little boy one across the
street, so that he could watch
 the metamorphosis up close. I also returned 1 to
little Katie next door. I was
 sure that her mother would help her take good
care of him. Then my little Katie
 would also take one home with her
tomorrow night.
 I came home and immediately placed the
caterpillar's in a 10 gallon aquarium
 with the screen top. I then placed several
Milkweed plant leaves in there for
 them to eat. I think Katie will be as excited
as I am when she see's them eat!
 Wow, you can actually see the leaf being
chewed away while they munch. It is
 just like a cartoon! Now I think we can
understand why they are called "eating
 machines!"



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