Sunday, August 12, 2012

Butterfly caterpillar cage for the class room

Today I collected scraps in and around my work shop and built Meg a butterfly caterpillar cage for her second grade class. It is handy having a decent table saw to make the wood you need from scraps.

The size of this is 24 x 30 (the 1/4 inch plywood bottom. The walls are 24 inches tall and the peaked roof projects it to 36 inches tall.
It fits perfectly on the science table next to the window. I gathered 22 Black Swallowtail caterpillars(1-4 days old) from the bronze fennel in the garden. Now they await the kids in the morning. She has 16 kids in the class so if all goes well each kid will be able to release a butterfly into the schools garden. I did find 3 larger cats in the schools garden.

 Here is a male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail I found in the garden today. I've been seeing around five of them every day in the garden on the Joe-pye-weed
This pair of mated dragonflies are called Halloween Pennants, very colorful. These are common this time of year, usually found out in open meadows.

Thanks to those of you have have alerted me to the fact that my website is down. It might be under going maintenance or I forgot to pay for the hosting I will check into it soon.


Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

So school has started already for Meg? Know the cats becoming butterflies will be a great thrill for the kids. The cage is super!!

Randy Emmitt said...


Yes Meg teaches in a year round school, they have been in session for 3 weeks already I think. Being a teacher these days sucks, more budget cuts every year. No money now for field trips.

Bonnie K said...

I will be showing this to our carpentry students. Hopefully, our moths will have some nice digs when they come out.

Jen said...

Randy, do you mind me asking at which school she teaches? Love the picture of the Halloween Pennants.

Carol said...

What a great butterfly/ caterpillar house Randy! It would be fun to see it after Meg fills it for the cats. Fabulous butterfly capture and your dragon fly shot is super! Love your label for your honey! Congratulations!!

Shady Gardener said...

What a great hubby you are! Love the house - would have loved one when I was teaching 2nd grade!! :-)

Rock rose said...

What a talent. I love it. And the photo of the dragonflies is a winner. Send the camera in with Meg to show us how the class reacts when the butterflies appear.

RobinL said...

What a wonderful classroom science project! And those dragonflies are very unique and pretty. Haven't seen as many swallowtails in my garden this year, but I did neglect to plant any dill, so no wonder!

ShySongbird said...

Hi Randy, Your caterpillar cage looks so professional! What a lovely project for Meg's pupils. Wouldn't it be wonderful if it sparked a lifelong interest in butterflies?

Your Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is magnificent!

Nature Rambles said...

I love that cage! How exciting it'll be for the kids to learn in the classroom. Your other photos are fantastic!!

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