Session status Butterflies

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Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly Time Lapse

Roll your mouse over a drawing to see a realistic picture.
Label and write a description for each step in the Butterfly Life Cycle.

1. 2.
Watch a Movie:
Monarch Butterfly Pupation

Pictures from: Color Butterfly Life Cycle

Click on a vocabulary word. Hold your mouse button down to read the definition.
Write your own definition for each vocabuarly word.

proboscis larva pupa antennae
chrysalis caterpillar nectar forewings
hindwings pollen    

Study: Parts of a Butterfly With the List ~ Wikipedia

Name the Parts: Parts of a Butterfly Without looking at the list!

For each of the websites listed below, write one interesting fact that you learned.

Butterfly Website

2. Children's Butterfly Site

3. Enchanted Learning About Butterflies

4. Butterfly Wing Patterns

Two Weeks Amongst the Butterflies in Mexico
Dr. Lincoln Brower ~ March 6-17, 2006
Listen to Podcast

List three interesting facts you learned from this podcast.

Monarch Butterfly Pupation
scroll over pic and hit the play button

Describe in words what you observed in the video.

Butterflies, by Deirdre A. Prischmann
In the Library

After listening to the book, you will write 3 questions and answers to the questions.
These questions and answers will be used to create a classroom jeopardy game.







Lifeline for
Guyana Rainforest

Butterfly Wing Patterns

Butterflies and Moths of North America

Butterflies at the Field Museum

Butterflies North and South

of Alaska

On the Wings
of Freedom



Butterfly Farmer

Butterfly Website

Butterfly Website

Cool Butterfly


Butterflies at
the Smithsonian

Monarch Watch




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The proboscis is a a tube-like, flexible "tongue" that butterflies and moths use to sip their liquid food (usually flower nectar or the liquid from rotting fruits). The proboscis uncoils to sip food, and coils up again into a spiral when not in use. It consists of two halves which are joined together. The lepidopteran with the longest proboscis is the hawk moth. Click to Close


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The larva of butterflies and moths is called the caterpillar. Larvae eat almost constantly and molt many times as they grow. Click to Close


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A pupa is an insect in the inactive stage of development (when it is not feeding) intermediate between larva and adult. The pupa stage lasts from a few days to many months (some butterflies over winter in the pupa stage, and the adult emerges in the spring).
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Antennae (singular antenna) are sensory appendages attached to the head of some adult insects. Antennae are used for the sense of smell and balance. Butterflies have two segmented antennae with a small club at the end of each. Moths have antennae without the club. Larvae (caterpillars) have tiny sensory antennae.
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The chrysalis (derived from the Greek word for gold) is the pupa of a butterfly. Click to Close

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A caterpillar is the larval stage of butterflies and moths. Caterpillars eat almost constantly and molt many times as they grow. Click to Close

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Nectar is a liquid secreted by flowers that is typically sweet and attracts pollinators such as insects and birds, and butterflies. Click to Close

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Forewings are the two upper wings of flying insects, like butterflies and moths. Click to Close

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Hindwings are the two lower wings of flying insects, like butterflies and moths. Click to Close

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Pollen is the powder inside a flower which fertilizes other flowers. Butterlies carry pollen from flower to flower.
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Pollen From GM Corn Harms Butterfly Larvae