Caterpillars are not difficult pets to keep and it is fascinating to watch them change from a caterpillar into a flying butterfly or moth. Creating a caterpillar habitat is an activity that you can complete within a few hours. It is also a good activity to do with a child. You can talk with the youngster about life cycles and the ways a caterpillar changes and grows into a butterfly or moth. This gives the child a science lesson while he enjoys spending time watching his pet.
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Things you need
- 1-4 caterpillars
- 2 1-litre soda bottles
- 1 piece of cheese cloth
- 3 or 4 twigs
- 5 or 6 leaves from the plants you found the caterpillars on
Cut the bottom of a 1-liter soda bottle off with the scissors and set it aside. Cut the top section of a second bottle off and set it aside.
Place holes in the bottom part of the soda bottle that you cut off using the sharp end of a pair of scissors. Place approximately 10 holes in the bottom of the soda bottle.
Place the cheesecloth over the bottle that has the top cut off. Trim the cheesecloth to match the size of the bottle.
Fill the bottle with twigs and leaves, arranging them any way you desire.
Cover the bottle with the cheesecloth and tape the cheesecloth to the bottle. The cheesecloth keeps the caterpillars from getting away by climbing out of the bottle and it also offers a place for the caterpillars to attach themselves when creating a pupa.
Cover the top of the bottle with the cut of bottom that has holes in it. The holes will give the caterpillar air, and the clear display makes it easy to see through the bottle. Tape the cover on so that it does not come off easily.
Remove the tape when the caterpillar has turned into a moth or butterfly. Remove the cheesecloth from the bottle and allow the moth or butterfly to return to nature.
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