Not long before we had planned to go swimming it started to rain. Knowing the YMCA would close the pool we chose to take our children out to play in the rain instead. It is not often that you get a nice, warm summer rain with no thunderclouds overhead. As you can see, Caleb liked the rain!
After the rain passed and we stayed out to explore nature and we met this little guy: The children named him Sunflash with Makayla’s urging. Most of the family took turns examining him close up.Some were even brave enough to hold him without the shovel (not mommy!). This is the first time we’ve met one of these caterpillars.And nobody squished Sunflash, much to his relief.
We also noticed a matching caterpillar had been caught in a spider’s web and died, so we collected him for our insect collection. Back in the house we looked up this yellow furry friend and discovered he is an American Dagger Moth, native to the Eastern United States. His favorite foods include several trees, one of which is maple. Both our backyard trees are silver maples, so we will keep our eyes open for more when we’re outside. We will also be adding our find to our nature journals tomorrow.
Have you found any buggy visitors this summer? Did you take a picture? My children would love to see any posts about it!