Investigating Caterpillars

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!)

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