Our First Trip to the Bayou- Honey Island Swamp
Today was our first hunt for caterpillars in the Bayou. We hiked around Honey Island Swamp in search of caterpillars. We worked with entomologists. In Latin, this word means: someone who studies that which is segmented or divided". What do you think they study? The entomologists taught us how to search for caterpillars on various plants, and also how to avoid poison ivy. I found four caterpillars. Look at the picture of my first find! We collected the caterpillars and plants for them to eat in plastic bags. We had to mark the bags with important information- the date, the place where we found it, the type of plant and the type of caterpillar so that we can further study it tomorrow. During our adventure in Honey Island Swamp, we came across some other very interesting finds.
1.) Look at the footprints below that we found in the bayou. What animal do you think this footprint belongs to?
2.) I found four "tent caterpillars" today. Click on the caterpillars to see what they look like. The scientists called them Malacosoma Disstria. They were my favorite color blue! Take a look at the following website to create your own caterpillar.
3.) As we were searching for caterpillars, Ms. Lee and I found some strange artifacts in the bayou that definitely didn't belong there. Look at the picture of the artifact we found. It looked like a rock with a carving of an S. Use your imagination to create a story about how this artifact was used by an ancient civilization that used to live in the swamp lands of Slidell, Louisiana.