The Woolly Bear Caterpillar

The Woolly Bear Caterpillar

Illustrated by Yuval Zommer

On a search for dandelions, the plain and humble woolly bear caterpillar wonders what sort of moth she will become. The other caterpillars don’t just look extraordinary – they’re extraordinarily boastful too. But sometimes pride comes before a fall . . .

A beautifully illustrated story based on real garden creatures.

“Gentle lessons in habitat destruction, self-acceptance and snobbery linger under the beautiful, fairy-like illustrations that will enchant three to five year olds.” The Independent

Julia says ...
I got the idea for this book on an outing with the Sussex Wildlife Trust. We visited a farm where they’d set up a “moth trap” overnight – it was basically a box with a light inside it, where the moths had congregated the previous night. I was struck by the variety of moths, and asked the experts if gaudy caterpillars ever hatched into dull moths and vice versa. The story grew from the answer, which was Yes.
It’s brilliant that Michael Blencowe, from the Sussex Wildlife Trust, has written the little non-fiction book about moths and caterpillars which accompanies The Woolly Bear Caterpillar.