YEA! The monarch caterpillars are back in Central Texas. We have 10 monarch caterpillars in the classroom. They have been very busy eating the milkweed we have brought in. The milkweed grows wild along the highways in Dripping Springs. Today our first butterfly emerged from its chrysalis and then about an hour later we found a butterfly on a potted plant by our window. We had lost a caterpillar about 10 days ago and could not find it. Well it crawled along the counter, up a pot and found a special place to spin its chrysalis. Today it emerged to the very excited screams of 22 students. AMAZING! Science life cycles at work in our classroom.
- Life Cycle at Work in Our Classroom
We also have 22 painted lady butterflies for the EmilyAnne Butterfly Festival. They also started as caterpillars. We measured them, fed them, and watched them changed and transform into butterflies. From our classroom garden, we collected black swallowtail caterpillars off our dill plants. They are still eating the dill. Can’t wait to see what they do next.
What have you enjoyed most about having the caterpillars in our classroom? What have you learned about science, life cycles, details about butterlies, or more? How have you taken what you have leared in science and used it in your life this school year?