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Letter from Emily Harlow about Woolly Bear Caterpillars - 2 Oct 2007


My daughter, Kayla who is 3 years old, and I found a wooly bear on our front step. She wants to keep it in a jar in her room but I told her we need to find out about them. As your site has shown us, they are highly visible this time of the year. From what I have found, they spend the winter outside in a hibernation like state. Is this true? If so, will keeping it in our house harm it and cause it to turn into a moth well before it would outdoors? My daughter is a very young advocate for the well being of all of God's creatures, bug life in particular seems to be her primary interest, so I believe she will understand if it's not a good idea and will harm "Harry" as she's named him.

Thank you for your time!

Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Emily:

We're not caterpillar experts, but being indoors in a jar would not be very good for Harry. Harry needs to eat properly before he builds a cocoon. Please tell Kayla that if she loves him, it is best to let him be free to change into a beautiful moth in the springtime, and in the meantime she can keep looking for Harry and his many brothers and sisters.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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