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The world of a butterfly
The transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly is one of nature's most amazing feats. These photographs show the development of an eastern black swallowtail butterfly from egg to larva to chrysalis to adult.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Monarch butterflies
Monarch butterflies
Format: image/photograph
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The learner will be doing curriculum integrated activities using Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Shannon Zerniak.
Life cycle of painted lady butterflies
Students will make a chart of the life cycle of the painted lady butterflies that the class observes over a period of several days.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Science)
By Anne Allen.
Charlotte Nature Museum
Featuring live animals and plants native to the Carolinas, Charlotte Nature Museum allows students from preschool—grade two to get close to nature.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Hanuman finds Sita in the forest
In The Ramayana, page 3.6
The monkey god Hanuman finds Sita and a female companion in this modern Balinese painting photographed at Denpasar, Bali, in August 1986. All the characters are dressed in flowing Balinese-style royal clothes and crowns. Flowers, over-sized butterflies, and...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Butterfly cycle
Students will understand the life cycle of the butterfly and create various art activities that would model metamorphosis.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, and Science)
By Becky Woolard.
Peacock butterfly
Peacock butterfly
Format: image/photograph
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly
Format: image/photograph
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: Third larval instar
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: Third larval instar
The larva on a flowering parsley plant.
Format: image/photograph
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: Third larval instar
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: Third larval instar
Thirteen days out of the egg, the larva is growing rapidly.
Format: image/photograph
An integrated lesson comparing the butterfly and frog life cycles
Students will build on their prior knowledge about the butterfly life cycle to compare and contrast the life cycles of butterflies and frogs. Students will locate butterflies on the school grounds and create pictographs and models of fractions to explain their findings mathematically. Students will also use a variety of resources to read about and study the food, space and air needed by butterflies and frogs to grow. They will create visual and written products to demonstrate their findings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics and Science)
By Martha Dobson and Margaret Monds.
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: Third larval instage
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: Third larval instage
Fourteen days out of the egg, the larva leaves its food source in search of a place to pupate (become a chrysalis).
Format: image/photograph
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: Third larval instage
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: Third larval instage
Here, the larva's maturing structure is visible. The larva is now 10 days out of the egg.
Format: image/photograph
Creating a Mini Page
This activity allows students to take their knowledge from previous lessons or research projects and turn it into a newspaper, modeled after the Mini-Page, to share with their classmates. The focus of this activity is not research and writing instruction; rather, it is meant to be used as a culminating activity.
Format: activity/lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: Third larval instage
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: Third larval instage
As it grows, the larva is able to move easily from plant to plant in search of more food, as it does here.
Format: image/photograph
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly
After emerging from the chrysalis, the butterfly must wait for its wings to dry before flying.
Format: image/photograph
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly
A few hours after it emerges from the chrysalis, the butterfly's wings are dry, and it is ready to fly away.
Format: image/photograph
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: Chrysalis
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: Chrysalis
This chrysalis is green to match the leaf to which it is attached.
Format: image/photograph
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: First larval instar
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly: First larval instar
The first larval instar (first stage of the caterpillar) is shown here a day after hatching.
Format: image/photograph