Brendan found this woolly bear caterpillar in April in our shed. He named him Hairyee 😉

They were so cute together.  Hairyee was pretty active I thought, for a caterpillar that is.

And then four days later Hairyee spun himself a cocoon on a pinecone we had in his little house.

I wasn’t sure Hairyee would make it out alive and I hesitated to cover the opening of the bottle-house we put him in.

And then…

Last night I heard a noise and there was Hairyee, flying in the house!


See the little hole in his cocoon above?  Here’s Hairyee on my hand below.

Not a woolly bear anymore…he’s a big Tiger Moth now.

I estimate it took about 2.5 wks for Hairyee to emerge from his cocoon.

We set him free this morning, out the window…just in time to see a baby bird’s open mouth stick out  above the nest.


The eggs have hatched and we have baby birds now.  I plan to share that pic on Wednesday!


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Tracy Zdelar

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