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Monday, July 28, 2014

Shhh...the caterpillars are sleeping....

Lullaby and good night...I don't know any more of the la laa la, la la laa, la la la la la, la la.

Be very quiet, I'm watching caterpillars transform into butterflies.  (Be honest, how many of you though I was going to say, Be very quiet, I'm hunting rabbit...I know, that's what popped into my head too.  Good old Elmer Fudd.)  Anyway, that's right my friends.  Our little monarch caterpillars have done something amazing.  They have managed to squirm and squeeze their chubby little bodies into tiny little green chrysalises. Both of the chrysalises are pretty small, when you compare them to those big, long, pudgy caterpillars they were just a few days ago.

So while the monarchs are in the chrysalis stage, they are not actually
sleeping.  Instead they are transforming and all of the internal contents of the caterpillar - the muscles, the heart, the nervous system, and more - are totally rebuilt.  This whole process takes about two weeks, so you can stop in any time at the youth services department here at the Roselle Public Library and see the little guys hanging around in their waxy green chrysalises.  It is just amazing what can happen in nature.

Now is a great time to get outside, and make a field journal.  Just take a notebook outdoors with you and draw or write about all the cool creatures or plants that you see.  Who knows, you could even find some more caterpillars, or chrysalises, or butterflies out there!

And when you stop in and see our chrysalises, you can take part in our contest!  Write down your name (first and last), phone number, and the date you guess our monarch butterflies will emerge.  Put your guess in the jar, and the person who gets the closest to the correct date will win an awesome prize.  

Check back here for more updates!  We will be posting when the monarchs move on to different stages.

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