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Question:
We live in N.J. and found a Woolly Bear Caterpillar that was all black. We would like to keep it but are worried that it may "NEED" to hibernate to live.

Also: We love to collect bugs (live) and learn about them, but most of the books don't have all the information we need ie. what does it eat, how long does it live, identifying caterpillar stages of insects. Could you please reccomend a good book, that has pictures of all life stages and information that would be of interest to children? Thank you for your time.



Replies:
Good books on caterpillars are hard to find. Try the Peterson Guide to Butterflies, Audubon Guide to Butterflies, etc. You will probably just have to browse in libraries and see what you can find. Good luck. By the way, the more black on the wooly bear, so the legend goes, the harder the winter will be. One was recently seen around here (NE Illinois) that was almost, but not quite, all black.

J. Elliott



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