Name: Kazi G.
I am a nine year old who loves bugs. I have raised
several caterpillars into butterflies and moths. In September I found a Wooly Bear Caterpillar. We
have kept it and fed it for 5 months now. Is this the normal life span of this
kind of caterpillar? Most caterpillars I've found change pretty soon, but not
this guy. I can't find any information about how long they stay a caterpillar.
If he does change into a Tiger Moth, will he be able to find food for
himself, after being a pet for so long? Thank you. Kazi G., Mrs. Foster's 3rd
grade class, Phonics Phactory, Portland, Oregon.
Normally wooly bears overwinter as hibernating larvae (the wooly bear
stage), resume eating for a short time in spring, and then pupate. I do not
know what effect its staying warm and eating all winter might have. Should
it pupate and mature to adult while in captivity, the adult would still be
able to function normally if released.
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Update: June 2012