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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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Tracy writes about homeschooling and just about anything related to family life in Ohio here on the blog. Strong honest views will surface from time to time on topics related to truth, faith and freedom. **Check out my notebooks and Bible Memory Coloring Notebook workbooks for Adults & Teens by clicking my name.