Hello, my name is Ms. Shin. Join me as I travel to New Orleans to study Climate Change and Caterpillars!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Well Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today was the last day at the bunk house in Slidell, Louisiana. Tomorrow we return to New Orleans to study the caterpillars at the science lab at Tulane University. We cleaned up the bunk house from top to bottom, inside and out; it took awhile, but it is always important to make sure you are a good guest.
A special thank you to the Louisiana Wild Life Rangers (especially Mark) for letting us use their station during our scientific exploration!
When we arrived back in New Orleans, we immediately went to the science lab at Tulane to set up the caterpillars in their new home.
Also, Mark (our fearless Copperhead Snake Leader) managed to find two more caterpillars right in front of his house!

Both of these fuzzy, cute looking caterpillars are apparently poisonous.
Now, we will start logging, studying, and de-frassing the caterpillars we collected at the lab tomorrow, so stay tuned!
See you all soon!
Replying to Comments:
Nicole, I agree, caterpillars are awesome!
Victor, you are correct about the snake, good for you! We used the machete to cut down vines, tree limbs, and branches that were in our way. Oh, and the name of that caterpillar was "The Question Mark," because when it stays on the leaf, it takes the shape of a question mark!
Darren, I didn't freak out when I saw El Guapo probably because I was far enough away, but I have to admit I was a bit scared. The first time I held a caterpillar I was a bit squeamish, but you get use to it. After awhile, it's just really cool!
Liana and Franklin, I'm glad you looked up the vocabulary words... the other's will have to do the same when I get back. So you two are ahead of the game!
Gaurav, The gray on top of the caterpillar are actually wasp eggs. When they hatch they will eat the caterpillar for food. I was very tired from all the kayaking, but my arms are o.k. It's good exercise. I didn't get to see El Guapo again, but I did see a lot of other smaller ones. One was even missing an arm. If you go to youtube you can see some of the alligators I saw, just type in Pearl River Alligator or Honey Island Swamp Alligator.
Jasmine and Ariel, I miss all of you too, but don't worry, I will see you soon!


  1. Dear Ms.Shin.,
    Nice job collecting caterpillars in New Orleans! They all look really disgusting and cool!! Well, Ms.Shin see you Tuesday.

    From your student, Ariel

  2. Hi Ms.Shin,
    I think you were prtically exsauted after you moved everything out. The caterpillars that Mark found was cool. I never knew that a caterpillar could ever be poisinous. I think by now even though you have stayed there for almost a week you are still grossed out about the frass coming for the caterpillars. Stay warm because it's kind of cold here and we only had two sunnny days.

  3. Dear Ms.Shin,
    I miss you so much! The caterpillars that you showed us in the pictures were very cool, but I have to admit, they are very creepy looking also. ~are you sure that the two caterpillars were poisonous?????????????????????
    SEE YOU ON TUESDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your favorite student,

  4. AARRGHH!! I can't keep up with this much posts! Somedays I don't see anything and two come up a day later!
    Oh yes, time for my questions. When you de-frass the caterpillars, Do you give it enough leaves, then wait for the frass to come out? Or does de-frass have a totally different meaning? How many caterpillars did you collect so far? You have to study and de-frass all the caterpillars, right? Does it take lots of time to study and de-frass all the caterpillars? I know this is a lot of questions, but I'm just curious. Please answer all of them if you can!
    Another question: Really?! That caterpillar was called "The Question Mark"!!! For some reason, I can't really see why it looks like a ? on the leaf!
    A curious student-Derek

  5. hi ms.shin!i see that u had found some more caterpillars.as soon as i saw the caterpillars i was thinking,does a wasp know if the caterpillar is poisionus?if so then does it lay eggs on them and when it hatches does it get poisioned as soon as it touches the caterpillar or eats the caterpillar.

    your mestirious mystery student,

    darren(the mystrious mystery person)