Can you imagine waiting 11 *months* to eat? That’s life for the arctic woolly bear caterpillar, which hibernates nearly the whole year. They wake up in June and do a year’s worth of eating in just 4 weeks, then wrap themselves in a cocoon until the next summer. It takes 7 to 14 years of this weird life to turn into a moth with wings. As humans, we’re very lucky to eat every day.

*Wee ones:* If a fuzzy caterpillar just became a moth at 9 years old, is it older or younger than you?

*Little kids:* If that 9-year-old moth’s buddy took 1 year longer to become a moth, how old is the buddy? *Bonus:* If you spent the month of June eating and slept the rest of the year, how many months each year would you sleep?

*Big kids:* If you got a pet arctic woolly bear caterpillar today and it became a moth 14 years from now, how old would you be then? *Bonus:* What fraction of your life do you spend eating compared to these caterpillars? If you eat 3 meals a day and spend 1 hour on each, what fraction of your day (and your life) is that?

Answers:*Wee ones:* Different for everyone…talk about whether you’re older or younger than 9 years.

*Little kids: *10 years old. *Bonus:* 11 months.

*Big kids:* Different for everyone…add 14 to your age. *Bonus:* 1/8, since it’s 3 hours out of 24 hours in a day.