Last week our school secretary found a very unusual looking caterpillar, so I decided to use it as a talking point in our wildlife lesson.
The pupils in year 1 investigated it closely and then used identification guides to decide what species of caterpillar they were looking at and if it would turn into a butterfly or a moth.
I was impressed with their close observation skills. They quickly identified it as a vapourer moth caterpillar.
The children made annotated sketches before we released him into an oak tree in our wildlife area (one of their favourite foods!)