Just a quick announcement before we dip into story time.
THE PRINT SHOP HAS BEEN UPDATED and March's proceeds will go to the ACLU!
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I have always been fascinated by nocturnal creatures. When I was in grade school and had to do reports on an animal, 9 times out of 10, that animal was going to be a bat. It's a mammal and it flies. And it eats mosquitos, so that automatically qualifies bats for MVP status in the animal kingdom.
Once I had kids of my own, I was really excited to instill a love of the natural world in them. To that end, we have done all kinds of nature walks and visited all kinds of wild spaces. But what do they talk about the most? Not the time they climbed a mountain in Colorado. Not the time we spent at Lake Michigan. Not all of the nature centers we visited across Cook County. Nope.
It was the time we watched a moth emerge from a cocoon.
I had been doing a little spring clean up of our backyard and discovered 2 large cocoons beneath one of our maple trees. I scooped up some leaf litter, a stick and the cocoon and placed it in a glass jar. It was mid-April, so I knew that the moths inside would be emerging soon.
These are Polyphemous Moths and they spend most of their lives in the canopy of trees so it was a real treat to see one up close.
Next week I'm going back to that same maple tree in the hopes of finding a new cocoon.