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CAPTURE A “BEAR”
FOR THE WINTER
   
All about moths and butterflies

It’s easy to confuse butterflies and moths. They both flutter around with fascinating wings, and they both drink nectar or water from flowers. So, what’s the difference?

  • Butterflies have skinny antennae with knobs on the ends.
    Moths have feather-like antennae or thread-like antennae without knobs.
  • When taking a break from flying, butterflies will close their wings high above their backs, but can’t fold them like a moth can.
  • Butterflies usually have long, slender bodies while moths have fat, fuzzy bodies.
  • Most butterflies rest at night, while moths are out flitting around lights.
  • Most moths spin a fluffy, silken cocoon, but butterflies spend their change in a smooth chrysalis.

Would you like to watch how God changes a caterpillar into a moth? Try this activity with a Woolly Bear caterpillar.

 

The Woolly Bear Caterpillar isn’t really a bear—but it is as tame as a teddy bear.
So capture it for the winter, watch it spin its cocoon in the spring, and then watch it turn into the Isabella Tiger Moth!

Directions:

  • Find a brown and black banded Woolly Bear Caterpillar in October crawling across the lawn or garden.
  • Put it in a clear plastic collecting jar with holes in the lid.
  • Put a twig or two in the jar, and some fresh green grass for it to eat. Put fresh grass in every day. It will perch on the twig for a few days or a week. Then it will lie down to sleep on the bottom of the jar.
  • Carefully take out any remaining grass, but leave the twigs in the jar all winter long.
  • Keep it in a place outside that is protected from bad weather. You will be able to watch it hibernate.
  • In spring, when weeds start to turn green outside, the woolly bear will need food. Feed it fresh grass every day. Then watch it spin its cocoon of silk and hair.
  • In a week or so, it will become the Isabella Tiger Moth. On a nice day, take the moth outside and set the “tiger” free.
Bible Lesson
Sometimes we don’t like who we see in the mirror. All of us have something we wish we could change about ourselves. We may think that our ears are too big or we wish we were taller, but remember that Jesus created you and loves you just how you are. Jesus is coming back for us very soon. The Bible promises in 1 Corinthians 15:51 that we shall all be changed at His coming. You won’t want to miss that, so make sure you surrender your heart to Jesus every day so you will be ready to be changed when He comes.
 
 
 
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