Hi! My name is Ms. Armstrong! Please travel with me to New Orleans to study Climate Change and Caterpillars!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Frass and Tracks Report

Good Morning Students! I was only in the wetlands in the afternoon today, so I have less to report. Thank you for your wonderful comments! It has been so much fun to share this adventure with you.

River Otter
Many of you guessed that yesterday's animal tracks were of an alligator. Good guess, but not correct. The top track was of a raccoon, and the 2nd one was a river otter track. Both of these animals live in the wetlands because there are lots of crawfish there to eat :)

alligator tracks (notice the tail track, too)
Alligator tracks are different, partly because you can see the tail of the alligator dragging behind it.
crawfish habitat
crawfish etouffee (a New Orleans special food)
The crawfish (some people say crayfish, but NOT people in New Orleans) live in shallow water hiding under logs or rocks. Above is a picture of where crawfish live (their habitat), real crawfish (ready to cook) and a food called crawfish etouffee that people in New Orleans love to eat. I hope to eat some when we go back to the city next week.
Buckmoth caterpillar
The hand of Scientist Mark Fox after a Buckmoth caterpillar sting

Finally, about caterpillars again :) , above is a Buckmoth. It's very beautiful, but as a caterpillar, its spines that can really be painful because they have a poison inside them. Look at what happened to Mark Fox after he was stung.

Well, that's all for today. I'm very happy to hear that you are being respectful in class and learning all you can. Be good to each other, and help each other.
Mrs. Armstrong

P.S. Most of you guessed that frass is caterpillar poop, and you're right!



At April 23, 2010 at 8:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs Armstrong!we learned in class how to recognize a moth from a butterfly. When a butterfly rests its wing are closed, but when a moth rests its wing are open. Your moth and moth caterpillar pictures are very interesting and nice. Be carefull with the buckmoth caterpillar sting! We are happy with Mr Daniel because he is nice, but we are also looking forwards to see you again soon.
Enjoy your day and your weekend. Talk to you on Monday.
P1 students

At April 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs Armstrong,
How are you this morning? It was fun talking to you over skype yesterday. Can you bring some crawfish home for us? Be careful with buckmoth caterpillars. They look ugly and scary.We miss you a lot. Come back soon. Have a nice weekend. Talk to you on monday.
P3 students
PS: Your lovely students in P3!-_-

At April 23, 2010 at 10:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

come back soon

At April 23, 2010 at 11:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bonjour, Hola, kown ler kay, nyob zoo, akame, mai ka la ba, sa wa de ka, alslam alikum , como estas!
Thank you for the nice pictures and comments again. Be careful with the buckmoth caterpillars! Have a nice weekend. We will talk to you on monday. We miss you so much!
P4 students

At April 23, 2010 at 12:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs Armstrong!
How are you doing? We miss you. They are very good pictures.The crawfish dish looks very nice and very good. Be careful not to be stung by a backmoth caterpillar! Have a nice weekend. we will be back monday. Everything is going well here. Bye Mrs Armstrong!
P5 students

At April 23, 2010 at 1:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs Armstrong! When and where will butterflies lay their eggs? How long is the life of a caterpillar? your pictures are really nice and interesting. Have a nice weekend!
P6 class.


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