Thursday, 8 June 2017

Butterfly Release

Kelan and Laura Harty Free the Butterflies

Butterfly in the Wild
Several of our students were given Painted Butterfly kits this spring.  The project begins with a plastic container that holds a milky substance in which several small larvae can be seen crawling around.  The larvae eat the substance in the container and grow rapidly into caterpillars.  Eventually, the caterpillars climb to the lid of the container, hang upside down and form a chrysalis (cocoon).  Within a few days, they emerge as butterflies.  The culmination of the project is the release of the butterflies which is capture in the photos above.  We had a kit in our learning centre and it was fascinating to see the daily transformation of the larvae into caterpillars and the caterpillars into butterflies.  Thanks to all students for participating in this project.


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