Hi! My name is Ms. Lombardi. Please travel with me to New Orleans to study Climate Change and Caterpillars!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Day 3: Caterpillar Zoo!

Happy Earth Day! We spent most of our Earth day working with our "caterpillar zoo". We entered data about the caterpillars we collected yesterday into our database. Take a look at Scientist Mark entering the data! We also cared for the caterpillars we collected by cleaning out their "frass" ( or caterpillar poop) from the bags and also added more plants to their bag for them to eat. We looked at some of the caterpillars that we could not identify under a microscope to observe of their physical features. Scientists give them a "morphospecies name" (morpho means shape) related to their shape and physical features, until they can identify their scientific name. It was fun creating morphospecies for some of the caterpillars we found yesterday. Over the next few days, we will follow the stages of these caterpillars, hoping they do not get parasitoids (baby wasps that feed off of the caterpillar) which will kill them and not allow them to turn into moths or butterflies. The scientists want to see if climate change has caused caterpillars to get more parasitoids.
We ventured out to the field to gather data from a new plot. We saw a lot of fallen trees, but gathered only a few caterpillars. Tomorrow we will continue to gather more data, analyze the data we collected today and possibly kayak.
It was nice Skyping with my students and their buddies today. They asked some great questions. It has been fun taking them on this giant science experiment with me! I am excited to see them next week and hope they are working hard while I am away. I hope I can give them some more compliments for their compliment chart when I return :)

1.) Pretend you found the following caterpillars on your field study. It is to difficult to identify them by a scientific name. If you had to create a "morphospecies name" for the following caterpillars, what would you call them? Why? Remember to base your name on the caterpillar's shape and physical features.


At April 23, 2010 at 7:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear ms. Lombardi,
I would name the first one "spiky cylinder" because it is so perfectly round. The second one, I would name "cotton ball mohack hairs" (I'm not really sure how to spell mohack) because of all his silvery hairs and the fuzzy white blobs near his head. the third one was a challenge but I think I would name him, "yellow brown stripes" because of his obvious yellow and brown stripes.
Glad we could skype!

At April 23, 2010 at 10:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs. Lombardi,
It was great getting to Skype with you yesterday. We loved seeing all the different things that you are doing. Our names for the caterpillars are
Mr. Spike for the first one. Mr. Punk Rock for the 2nd one and Mr. Tiny Bee for the last one. You must be learning so much. We are really glad to be able to share all of this. Have a great weekend. It is going to rain here all weekend. We hope you have better weather.
Mrs.Ortiz's class

At April 23, 2010 at 4:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms.Lombardi sabriena miss's you and kenny said hi:) I showed my mom about everything and she freaked out:) Catipillers are interesting because they pollenate flowers and that there going through a life cycle:)


At April 23, 2010 at 6:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would name the first one spiky twig because he looks like a twig with spikes. The second one I would name feeler foot because he has some kind of feelers/hairs on his feet. The third one I would name tiny tim because from the photo, he looks pretty small.


At April 23, 2010 at 10:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hola Ms.Lombardi,
I would name the first one Spikey Browney because of all the spikes and he is brown.
The second one I would name Frizz because he is frizzy. Now last but not least Baby Caterbee because he is a caterpiller (Cater-)that look like a bee (-bee)

At April 24, 2010 at 1:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would name the first ne spikey because it has so many spikes.
i would name the second one fluffy because it is vary fluffy on its head.
i would name the third one tiny bee because it is tiny and it looks like a bee.

hope you are having fun


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