There is a very good reason why studying butterflies is very popular in the preschool classroom. The change, or metamorphosis, that butterflies go through is very dramatic and makes a lasting impression.
This Butterfly Larvae Kit will turn your butterfly lesson into a hands on activity and will deepen the children’s understanding of the butterfly life cycle and create a lasting impression.
Whole group introduction
Why do we need butterflies?
Butterflies are the second largest group of pollinators next to honey bees.
• What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth?
Most butterflies fly during the day (diurnal). Moths fly at night (nocturnal). Butterflies have small bulbs on the end of their smooth antennae. Moths have “fuzzy” antennae.
• What is the life-cycle of a butterfly?
egg, caterpillar, pupa (cocoon), butterfly.
• Where do butterflies live?
In every continent except Antarctica, with the majority in tropical zones.
• What do butterflies eat?
Sweet nectar from fruits and flowers.
|Chart of Butterfly Facts|
|Approximately 24,000 species in the world. 561 in the U.S.
|Butterflies can taste with their feet.|
|They don’t have lungs, but breathe through holes, called
spiracles, in their abdomen.
|Butterflies can see the colors red, yellow and green.|
|Top speeds of 12 miles per hour have been recorded. Moths
up to 25 mph.
|Their wing color is caused by millions of overlapping
|They taste with their antennae.|
|Butterflies don’t have a mouth. They drink nectar through a
straw that they can roll up and down, called a proboscis.