Step by step, inch by inch
|One day I will be a Monarch!|
We have a few beautiful, fat, plump, squirmy monarch caterpillars here on display up in the Youth Services Department. Now, I usually don't do the whole crawly, squirmy, bug thing, but caterpillars are the exception (that and lightning bugs - who could hate on bugs with glowing butts?) Caterpillars are way cool, with their soft little bodies that grow crazy fast, and watch out, I am about to amaze you with some awesome monarch caterpillar facts. Are you ready? I'll wait...get good and comfy....okay, here we go.
|Yum, yum...a perfect diet of milkweed!|
Anyway, caterpillars live on plant leaves and flowers for about two weeks, and then develop into those cute as a button, chub monster caterpillars that are about 5 cm long. They often shed their skin or molt up to four times while they're growing. Now while they are eating away all that milkweed, they are actually getting ready to protect themselves in the future. You see, the monarch butterfly is poisonous to other critters because it eats all the toxins in the milkweed plant. These chemicals stay in their system permanently. Pretty nifty defense if you ask me.
|Oh, flowers...my favorite...num, num, num|
Right now, our caterpillars are plumping up. Eating boatloads of milkweed a day and getting ready for their next phase of life. Come on in and see them on display, and then grab some books about caterpillars and learn even more awesomely cool facts about them. And remember, any reading you do counts towards your minutes for the Summer Reading Program - Fizz, Boom, Read - that ends in just over a week on July 31st.
Check back here for more updates! We will be posting when the caterpillars move on to different stages.
Butterfly non fiction books
Butterfly picture books