Friday, March 24, 2006

What kind of horror show are you running here?

Lizzie goes to a pre-school a couple of times a week. One of the points of interest for the kids was bug box where a caterpillar had cocooned itself. The kids would check each week to see what kind of beautiful creature it would turn into.

Well, the thing hatched this week and it was pretty alright -- pretty creepy! The teachers let the kids look and only answered direct questions because they didn't know what to say or what had happened. They said, "we didn't know caterpillars could turn into bugs".

Me neither, so I googled and it turns out the thing is a parasitic wasp. The mother wasp had laid an egg in the caterpillar, the caterpillar had gone about it's business and made it's cocoon -- all the while incubating this thing that eventually ate it from the inside out -- then it hatched it's creepy self out of the cocoon.

Nature is interesting and all, but I'm not volunteering the info to Lizzie any time soon. No need to to start her off with the nasty side of things. Kind of puts a twist on the old metamorphosis idea I've held all these years.



Blogger Mel said...

oh holy crap!! that's awful. poor girl will be scarred for life. she'll see a butterfly and run screaming for cover.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Airelee said...

Ufgh--- that just gives me the creeps!

12:31 PM  

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