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By Beka Compton
The Times 

The Caterpillar Chronicles: A lesson in bugs

Gracie found some caterpillars and convinced us to raise them. Unfortunately, they weren't as innocent as they seemed


April 15, 2021

University of Florida

Mature armyworm larvae.

Spring is here, and yard work is in full swing! While I have a healthy respect for bees, worms, and other helpful bugs, I avoid the insect world as much as possible. As the laws of parenthood would have it, I have a three-year-old who is obsessed with bugs.

While Gracie was helping me weed out under our dogwood tree last weekend, she came across a handful of caterpillars. She insisted on raising the caterpillars, and I helped her set up little habitats for the four little critters. I decided to research a little bit about the future of her finds and discovered that they are fall armyworms....

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