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

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday, 4/20/10

Good Morning, students! I'm sending you another beautiful view of the wetlands. It really is beautiful here, and so different than Minnesota. I am learning a lot, and I hope you are learning many things while I'm gone, too.


This morning was spent working in the caterpillar zoo. Really it's a laboratory where we clean out the caterpillar bags and give them more fresh food to eat. Most importantly, we are writing down any changes we see and looking for parasitoids. What do you think a parasitoid is? I'll try to show you some in a day or two.
One way to get caterpillars out of trees or bushes is to use a "beat sheet" and a stick. Can you guess how it works?
In the afternoon, we went back into the wetlands for more caterpillars. We've been lucky, because it hasn't been too hot. (You know I don't like to be hot, especially when I have wear long sleeves and pants.) When we find a caterpillar, we put them in a baggie with air and their "host" plant. (A host plant is the one that they are eating and living on.) On the baggie we write the date, their common and scientific name, the name of the host plant and where they were found.

The bunch of caterpillars you see on the tree above are moving back and forth because they aren't happy. The carpenter ants on the tree are predators and will try to kill them. Do you see them? The dark, black caterpillars in the top picture will become Buck Moths. They are dangerous and can sting. How do you think they sting people?

Well, that's all for today kids. Tomorrow, I'll be going into the wetlands on a kayak. Do you know what that is? Well, I'll send you some more pictures soon. Take care! I think of you all every day. Mrs. Armstrong

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At April 21, 2010 at 9:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms Armstrong! We are learning a lot of things about wetlands and caterpillars. We enjoyed your pictures. We researched the two words in your comment: A parasitoid is a parasite, a small living thing feeding on a bigger living thing and it eventually might kill that bigger living thing. A Kayak is a small boat , a type of canoe used on rivers, lakes and oceans. If you use one please be carefull, we want you back.
Enjoy your day!
P3 class

 
At April 21, 2010 at 10:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms Armstrong! we are learning a lot about wetlands and caterpillars. We enjoyed your pictures a lot! we researched the 2 words in your blog: parasitoids are some types of parasites, like a small living thing feeding on a bigger living thing and eventually killing that bigger living thing. A kayak is a small boat , a type of canoe used on rivers, lakes and oceans.
Enjoy the rest of your day!
P3 class

 
At April 21, 2010 at 11:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms Armstrong! thank you for sending these nice pictures.We like the one with the carpenter ants. We find them in Minnesota too.We still are waiting for a picture of you riding on a alligator...ah ah ah... we researched the word parasitoid. It is a kind of parasite . It is an organism attached to an other organism.
Enjoy your day with the caterpillars!
p4 class

 
At April 21, 2010 at 12:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms Armstrong,
How are you today. All your students are fine here. Are you having a good time on your fieldtrip? Your pictures are very nice and interesting.They are helping us to understand better the world of caterpillars. We are learning a lot also about butterflies.
Have a nice day!
P5 class

 
At April 21, 2010 at 1:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ms Armstrong! we received your message and pictures, we love what you wrote about and what you are doing. We are working hard here too and are learning a lot about wetlands.
Enjoy the rest of your day!
P6 class

 
At April 26, 2010 at 10:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Mrs. Armstrong,

Well, I'm not in any of your classes, but I think you know who I am. It's me, Ngoc Thoa.
Looks like you were having fun and all. I would like to go, like you, someday to talk about Native Plants and Animal in Minnesota.

I've learned alot in Mrs. Ketterling's class.
We talked about soil, water (especially Nitrate Water), and about wildlife.

The caterpillars (with the carpenter ants) look like the Forest Tent Caterpillars that we can find in MN.

Be back soon! Your lizards (included me ^^!) miss you alot! <3
Sincerely:
0=( ^^)=0 0=(^^ )=0
Ngoc Thoa

 

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