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life cycle of the butterfly/A practical learning experience
and Stephen were outside Clonown N.S. They saw a White butterfly come into
the garden. It was looking for a good spot to lay its eggs. It was
sniffing around with itsfeelers. It landed on the nasturtiums. ‘This is a good
spot. My eggs will turn into caterpillars and they will eat
nasturtiums.’’(Caterpillars usually only eat one type of
A few days later Shane O Conner was looking at the nasturtium leaves.
Caterpillars were eating the leaves and eating and eating and eating. He tried
to see the caterpillars12 tiny eyes but they were very small. The caterpillar
was holding on to the leaves with its front 3 pairs of legs.
It was climbing up stalks with its back 5 pairs of
and Edel get some leaves with caterpillars on them. They brought them into the
classroom. The teacher made a butterfly bottle.
teacher got a plastic bottle, scissors, glue and gauze. She cut holes in the
bottle and covered the holes with gauze.
teacher cut the bottom off the bottle and put it sitting in a flowerpot of sand.
The infants put the caterpillars inside.
and Emma brought the caterpillars fresh leaves everyday. They brought them
nasturtiums leaves because they were caterpillars of the white butterfly.
morning when the children came to school they were looking for the caterpillar.
of them spotted it dangling from the bottle. It looked very weird. Its skin had
hardened and it was not hairy any more. It looked like a reptile.It was ying
children realised that it had changed into a pupa and was waiting to turn into a
butterfly in the Spring. Now
everybody got excited about butterflies. The infants went out with some
butterfly nets. In this picture Emma caught a tortoiseshell butterfly on the
michaelmas daisies. She put the net over the butterfly very carefully so that
she wouldn’t damage the wings.
we went inside more butterflies arrived.
is a picture of a red admiral and tortoishell. They are sipping nectar from the
michaelmas daisies. I wish I were a butterfly!
We left the bottle on the window
in the hall for the winter because it was cool
there. Winter came,Spring came and so did Summer. Suddenly one day in
mid- May we looked at the upturned bottle(we had turned it upside-down so that
when the chrysalis changed into a butterfly it would be able to escape.)A
wonderful thing had happened! A butterfly had squeezed out of the crysalis. We
brought it into the classroom so that we could all take a look.
what the butterfly looked like. We could see its legs and feelers quite clearly.
It was resting with its wings together like butterflies usually do.
The chrysalis was
empty. It looked just like a shell.
When the butterfly opened its wings it
looked lovely. It was not exactly white but lemon coloured. It flew on to the
window and stayed for hours drying its wings in the sun. Then it flew out the
window. It was probably looking for more nasturtium leaves to lay its eggs on.
Then the butterfly cycle would start all over again!