First you have to find a caterpillar, then its very important to find what he likes to eat. Sometimes it's as simple as what he's on, but what if you find him on the concrete? There are those animals that are selective about what they eat and some to the point of being called specialist. Lily found Pickles (the caterpillar) on a fence. Since she didn't find him on his food source, she opted to feed him passion vine leaves. Lily had successfully fed this to other moth larvae in the past. They eat a lot, which means they also poop a lot, so you have to clean out the jar regularly. The girls were bringing him fresh leaves on a daily basis, and he was leaving them surprises on a daily basis too. Then one day he stopped eating and started weaving. We watched him make his little cocoon, and then go still for quite some time.
One day after work, Lily noticed the cocoon wiggling. So we got out the cameras and watched the transformation. I am still not sure what type of moth he is. He looks similar to a tiger moth, but I don't recall the intense orange on the abdomen with her other tiger moth. At any rate, he's beautiful, and if I had to choose between being a butterfly or a moth, I would pick the moth. Yea, he may fly into flame and not get as much notoriety, but I think Pickles is cool.