Baby Blues and scientific literacy
godley at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 7 13:11:24 EST 2000
Martha et al,
I think your concern is actually founded but let me provide a point of
Long time favorite children's book, The Hungry Caterpillar (I believe it
is,) also makes the very same mistake. The caterpillar spins a cocoon and
emerges as a beautiful butterfly. Disney took liberties with it's "Bugs
Life" movie too.
There is in fact a type butterfly native to the US that spins cocoons. It
is called a parnassus and is considered a member of the swallowtail family.
I'm in the process of rearing some now. So I do not actually know how many
weeks or months it takes for the butterfly to emerge.
In the case of the hungry caterpillar book, the author does mention on his
webpage that he took some liberties and correctly refers to the parnassus as
a unique example of a cocoon spinning butterfly. So I suppose that my
complaint to him would be that caterpillars don't really eat all those
things and that the butterfly that emerges in the book is too colorful to be
Hope this helps... Laurel
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