Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Caterpillar Classroom

We saw the close of our Caterpillar Classroom experiment today with us bidding farewell to pets. This brought a mix of emotions as we were excited to have observed the Helicoverpa Armigera's life cycle but saddened to know that it was finished.

Year 2 investigated the moths that have hatched from the pupae. We were keen to look at the way they had developed and studied some close up through a digital document camera which is like a semi powerful microscope. We saw the wings, legs, antennae, head, thorax and abdomen.

We checked out the eggs that the moths had laid and couldn't believe our eyes when we zoomed in to see that the eggs had already hatched into neonates..... we were back to where we started!

So now our investigation is officially over, although there is one more question.... How long will our neonates last without food? We hypothesised on this and will wait to see if our results match our predictions.

As a way to remember the learning we were pleased to receive our printed 3D moths from Mrs Erwin.