Saturday, September 25, 2010

End of Summer

This is a milkweed caterpillar.
My mom LOVES these thingys. They look kinda scary beclaws it LOOKS like they have sticky HORNS, butt they are really just pretend.
They eat and eat and eat.. and poop. THEN ....

they hang upside down and.... slide off their pretty white yellow and black skin.. REALLY. And under that they have formed a chrysalis... not a cocoon. When they finish that phase... they emerge and POOF... they become a beautiful Orange and Black MONARCH BUTTERFLY.
Our Monarch butterflies will now be flying... clear to Florida for the winter.
PeeS... If you have NOT gotten your ... I'm Like Mango entry in... you had better RUN and do it NOW!!! Today is your LAST... LAST CHANCE!!!! Be there or be square.

26 comments:

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Thanks fur sharing those furry khool pikhs!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Mango said...

Oh ick! I had to scroll through that one really fast. It is a BUG!

Slobbers,
Mango

tula said...

wonder if they taste like chicken.. just kiddin'.... they are cute & wigglie.


happy weekend!
tula

The Teacher's Pets said...

I am with you, Frankie, on not being so excited about caterpillars but I do love butterflies very much! Thanks for the science lesson! You are the best 4-legged teacher I've ever met....I wonder where you got your teaching abilities from? Hmmmm....Love, April and Daisy

Maggie Mae said...

Frankie,

Mom luvs to see da monarch butterflys in da backyard, dey makes her smile. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Zona said...

We love all kinds of butterflies here but Monarchs are extra special!!

End of summer... sigh.

Oh wells, it will come back again. Meanwhile, I hope we gets LOTS of snow this year. Last year was a BLAST with all of the snow tunnels we made.

Wags,
Zona

road-dog-tales said...

Nature is kool! Well, sometimes, we're not particularly fond of snakes. But, caterpillars are kool! Thanks for sharing this.
The Road Dogs

K-9 Katastrophe said...

What a pretty catapilar!!

Licks,
Ruthie

Mr. Pip said...

Frankie, I love those little guys! One of my sister's favorite books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Your pal, Pip

P.S.: Josie and I are in a bit of a jam and could use some helping paws!

Jazzi said...

Frankie,
Yah I agree bout the caterpillar. They do look kinda wierd but it is so pretty to see the beautiful butterfly!! We have them flying around here and I just admire them as they fly around. I never bark at them!!

wags
Jazzi

Minna Krebs said...

Frankie

I loves da Flutterbys, but da catepillars creeps me out!

MinnaK

Mr. Pip said...

The keg is tapped and we are waiting for back up.

Your pal, Agent Pip

sent via Verizon Boneberry

houndstooth said...

Mom says they usually catch one of those at her school and then watch it make it's chrysalis and then let it go to Mexico after it's done, but this year they found one that looks a little differnt. It turned out to be a Swallowtail and they say it won't emerge for almost a year! BOL! So now Mom's stuck with the stinky caterpillar aquarium for almost a year!

Bunny

Kari in WeHo said...

ooo we always forget which ones turn into the beautiful monarchs :)


Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Dennis the Vizsla said...

We'll be keeping an eye out for the monarchs on their way south!

the booker man said...

mr. frankie,
thanks bunches 'n tons for that informational! i had no idea those caterpillars turned into pretty monarch butterflies!!

*woof*
the booker man

Samantha said...

Wonderful! Great instructional post today, Frankie - I love monarch butterflies, but haven't seen any in California - always the east coast! Hmmmnnnn! Thanks for the info!
Hugs xoxoxo
Sammie and Avalon

Asta said...

Fwankie
That is a n incwedibly cool pattewn on that guy, I bet he'll be a magnificent fluttewby
Thanks fow showing us

also , that you fow the good biwfdday wishes that you sent me
smoochie kisses
aSTA

Oskar said...

Thats cool that that chubby caterpillar make a pretty butterfly!

We have a bumble bee on me blog today & lazy kitties at Pet Blogs United.

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

sprinkles said...

I love monarch butterflies. I don't think I've ever seen a catapillar like that though.

Roscoe said...

Frankie,
dat is one weird looking bug!
I fordot to ask mamma to get my entry in for Like Mango contest...dats ok, I hope yu win it!!
giant wet kisses,
Roscoe

RILEY AND STAR said...

Hi Franky,

How's the little lady? Ooops, we mean little ladies. We keep forgetting you married twins.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and we luv you so, so much!

Luv,
Riley and Star.

Tessa the Maltese said...

OOOhhhh that was a pretty bug, I do like bugs!

woo woos, Tessa

Lorenza said...

Those caterpillars are very interesting!
Scary but very interesting!
Moncarcas are sooo beautiful!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

I did not knows that is wot baby monarch flutterbys look like. Thank you fur the edukashuns. You is so smart Frankie Furter.

kissa-bull said...

all butterflies are most bewootiful and we so get the gossip about the evil twee rats from them. they are our furryends

pibble sugars, wee wiggles and pupperbreath licks
the pittie pack