One of our friends Tim works on campus at K-State and today Beckham and I got to join him and his son George to learn about a caterpillar called a hornworm. They even got to do a bunch of the “real scientist” work.
Here are one day old baby hornworms. The green dots are eggs.
Here George and Beckham are separating the baby caterpillars into their own compartments.
The same lab raises mosquitos for experiments. That bucket reminds me of Houston.
This is the Hornworm once he gets bigger, I think this was 9 days later.
Now they are putting a different set of worms into new larger containers.
This is set of larger caterpillars before George and Beckham cleaned their cages.
Once the worms get bigger yet, they want to turn into pupas, so our little scientist washed them to prepare them for their long naps.
Then they placed them in this fake dirt where they start the process of becoming a moth.
Then they got to move some of the pupae into the pupae dorm.
Here they are turning into moths. They look hard, but they are kinda squishy and wiggle when you touch them.
Look I’m a beautiful butterfly! or moth maybe.
Here Beckham is collecting new hornworm eggs from a tobacco plant.
Tobacco plants growing.
Beckham talked about it all the way home. Such a great time for our little scientist.
Below Beckham is hand fishing in the pond outside.