Thursday, August 19, 2010

#21 & #24

I returned a book to the Fox Point library today. Since I still had a couple of brief chapters to go, I read them at one of the tables. A few feet away, one of the librarians was giving kids the 411 on the development of a monarch butterfly. They had a display with caterpillars in glass 'n grass, the difference between a cocoon and a chrysalis, etc. It was kind of a neat refresher course for me, too.

The caterpillars turn from green to brown to avoid being eaten. Birds are either fooled by this or are really good sports.


susan said...

I would have enjoyed that too. My guess is the birds are good sports because they know butterflies make next season's juicy, young caterpillars.

Ben said...

Good point. Patience, as they say, is a virtue.