I won't take credit for finding it, but we found the largest and strangest catterpillar I have ever seen in my life!!!! It was 4 inches long and really fat and was found in a Walnut tree at Grandma's. The girls were delighted and I have to say that I was fascinated!
We put it in Lara's bug catcher and kept it for a few days.
(you would not BELIEVE the size of its poop!!!!)
Anyway my curiosity was just overwhelming so I decided to make it my mission to find out exactly what it was.
I found a FABULOUS website called BUG GUIDE. You can look up absolutely any bug in North America and find out all about it. I signed up and posted our picture with the title 'what is this?' and in 24 hours I had a detailed answer.
Click HERE to go to the page.
This is the picture that I took.
It turns out this Caterpillar turns into the most beautiful MOTH!!!
It is called a Cecropia Moth or Robin Moth. It has a wingspan of 10-15 cm!!! How amazing!
Adam released it back to the Walnut tree. I wish we had thought of building it a box and keeping it over the winter as it spun a cocoon. What an amazing homeschooling opportunity!!
Hopefully we will see the coccoon in the tree. Next time we will have to make sure we keep it.