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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Life Cycle of a Butterfly

The pupa

The eggs

Butterfly, butterfly
Gently flying low and high
Butterfly, butterfly,
Always friendly, never shy

Say to the flower, "Good Morning, Good Morning,
See how colourful are my wings."

Love the song, love the butterfly. I also like Ryan's lantern which depicts the life-cycle of a butterfly. The eggs, the caterpillar, pupa/chrysalis and the butterfly are all beautifully created onto the lantern.

See the flowers, the eggs on the leaf as well as the caterpillar.

The caterpillar made from tissue - there are a few of them 'crawling' on the lantern.

Also, beautiful butterflies and pupa. Very interesting and life-like.

We are also very fortunate to have a lime tree that attracts butterflies to lay their eggs on the leaves. Our children have the opportunity to observe the life cycle of a butterfly. The transformation is fascinating and really, nothing beats learning about this hands-on.

Photos below are taken over a period of 2 weeks. We patiently observed and waited ....

The caterpillar

The pupa or chrysalis, hanging by a silken thread

The pupa turning brown.

Finally, the butterfly breaking free!

One boy reminded me that the wings are symmetrical - glad he remembered that I told him so a few months ago as we did an art project, blotting an art paper with paint on one side and then folding it so that the paint can be transferred to the another side - hence the explanation on symmetrical.

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