Fearing that strange feet might crush her, they put her in the bug cage they carried (in case of emergencies like these, of course) and took her to the grands' house. On the journey, she laid approximately 120 eggs.
When they returned to Kentucky with the eggs, we did some quick research before 30 tiny caterpillars emerged. Almost one year, four states (we took those caterpillars everywhere) and 18 cocoons later, we have about 800 caterpillar eggs that we are giving away to local children to raise. This has been a wonderful experiment and experience, one that every child would be blessed to have.
Attached below is a care guide that the children wrote to help their friends raise Polyphemus caterpillars to adulthood, or "mothhood"? The story and the instructions are almost entirely theirs. I did point out a few things they missed and put in a few technical details and photos to help parents help their children. Otherwise, I consider this a pretty decent end-of-year science project!