Leaf Rollers .. an Update

When weren’t successful hunting leaf rollers and miners when we had gone on our nature outings.  As luck would have it, when we weren’t looking for them … that is when we find them.

First … when I was on a run and the kids were at Enrichment Day … I observed one and immediately planned to bring  it back with me. I wasn’t sure how to ensure the little critter didn’t fall out of his roll while I ran but I opted to continue my run and collect the specimen on my return.  Fortunately, I observed a plastic bag the wind had blown up against a fence and I thereby picked it up.  I then carefully collected the leaf home and hopefully, its inhabitant on my return loop.

Sweetie’s journal entry shown in left photo, on top.  Buddy’s entry is on the bottom as well as the photo on the right.

When I shared my discovery with the kids later that afternoon, they were overjoyed.  They ran to their journals and immediately got started on sketching the leaf and whatever surprise might be inside.  They were amazed by the tiny little “stitches” as they referred to the silk thread the insect had used to ensure it’s efforts weren’t wasted.  We they unrolled the leaf, we found lots of frass (caterpillar poop) and to our joy, a tiny little caterpillar no longer than 1cm.  Sadly, he had perished.

A week later, we were on a nature outing with our new Roots & Shoots group and low and behold, leaf rollers were everywhere.  It was a delight that now we were able to share our knowledge with others.

 How many rolled leaves do you see?

 Buddy reveals the frass inide one of the rolled leaves .. evidence of it’s former inhabitant.

Unfortunately, of all the leaves we unrolled (just one a piece), none had critters within.  It was a remarkable day though … as you’ll discover in followup posts … we all made many wonderful discoveries. 

About Eva Varga

Eva is passionate about education. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal settings. She presently homeschools her two young children, teaches professional development courses through the Heritage Institute, and writes a middle level secular science curriculum called Science Logic. In addition to her work in education, she is an athlete, competing in Masters swimming events and marathons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, learning new languages, and above all spending time with her family. ♥

3 comments on “Leaf Rollers .. an Update

  1. Look at that! Success in finding your subject! I love that when you finally are able to see up close and thrilling for your children to be able to know what to look for.

    Off to read your other entry. Thanks for updating us.

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