Glover’s Silk Moth
Giant moth born at the Jasper Centre
Once upon a time …
There was Jasper the Cat.
One day in the summer of 2005, he was outside the Jasper Centre playing in the yard when he found a large, green, wiggly thing in the grass. His friend, Shelley, took a look at this thing and realized it was a 4″ long, bright green with red bumps on its back, caterpiller, about the size of her finger. So, she took it inside the building, so it wouldn’t be hurt, and put is in a glass, rose bowl. Shelley phoned her friends, Dave and Marg Larson, who know alot about caterpillers, to ask them what she should do with the caterpiller.
They said to keep it in the rose bowl and to put a twig inside so the caterpiller has something to cling to. Shelley did just that, then she set it in the middle of the dining table in the Parlour. About 45 minutes later, she went to check on the caterpiller and it was gone. It had climbed up the twig, then down onto the floor and found a place to latch on to so it could begin to spin its cocoon.
When Dave and Marg came to fetch the caterpiller, Shelley had to tell them the news that the caterpiller had escaped. Dave said it would be about 6 months for the caterpiller to change into a giant moth. Well, 6 months had gone by, and Shelley hadn’t really thought about the caterpiller and its whereabouts. Until, one cold evening in January 2006, she was setting up coffee for a meeting, when she saw something on the floor of the Parlour, flapping its wings. She realized it was the caterpiller who had changed into a moth.
Shelley quickly phoned her friends again, Dave and Marg, to see what she should do with the moth. Dave said, sadly, that this particular moth is not equipped with a proper mouth, so it wouldn’t be able to feed and that it eventually would die. But that he would be able to save it for display so everyone would be able to see the giant moth.
The giant Glover’s Silk Moth is located in the Schoolroom at the Jasper Cultural & Historical Centre.