Maya's pet caterpiller - A Movement In Time And Space
Moving through time and space in our own way
priyabradfield
priyabradfield
Maya's pet caterpiller
Out of the Box

Yes, there is one in there somewhere! Maya picked up this caterpiller about 2 weeks ago in front of our building. Everyday, on the way home from the bus stop, she'd pick some leaves and feed Out of the Box (that's what she named it, I don't know why, so don't ask!). OOTB would eat a lot those first few days! Then we found out why - over the last weekend, it spun a cocoon! Not one hanging from a twig, but under a rock that Maya picked up for OOTB. Lucky for OOTB, Maya insisted on getting a couple of rocks for it!

Well, that picture was taken today when I took OOTB to Maya's school so they could watch it for her while we're in Japan for the next 6 days. Maya cried because she is afraid that OOTB will emerge from the cocoon while we're gone. I'm kind of afraid of that too, but better the class lets it go than to come home from our trip to a dead butterfly/moth (we're not sure what will emerge). Maya's teacher has agreed to take pictures of it everyday for her. Especially if it comes out while we're gone.

I'm so proud of Maya for wanting to explore animals this way. At first she wanted a pet spider...but I nixed that idea. And we couldn't find a praying mantis. But the fuzzy caterpiller we found has turned out to be pretty darned neat!

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gnotobiotically From: gnotobiotically Date: September 14th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
We once had a large caterpillar that did the whole cucoon thing. Don't worry, caterpillars usually take weeks, if not months, before they are ready to wake up and come out of thier cozy silken bed. I'm not so sure about the smaller caterpillars, but I should think that it would take several weeks before OOTB is ready to come out and play. Out of the Box, as in that one kids show on the Disney Channel?

Oh great! Now I have the OOTB song stuck in my head...

I woulda nixed the pet spider idea too! *shudder*
manda_kitty From: manda_kitty Date: September 14th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
awww thats so cute! i hope it doesnt come out til you guys come back!
eleme From: eleme Date: September 15th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Priya, that's so neat! How did you guys know what kind of leaves to feed it? And I love the name - lol!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: September 19th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lucky guess actually! We just picked a few different kinds and figured it out after watching it. Gosh, I hope OOTB is doing ok...
eleme From: eleme Date: September 19th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wondered if it was a guess :P But what you guys did sounds like a pretty solid experiment - offer a few kinds, observe, come to a conclusion. hehe. Science in action!

I'm sure OOTB is fine, probably still cozy in his cocoon!
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