To go along with this study we are adding new hosts plants to our butterfly garden. Each one of the three oldest picked a butterfly that they would like to observe and watch as it goes through metamorphosis. I will post more on this next week when we get our hosts plants.
So far in the book we have learned
To help remember the 4 stages the kids acted it out
We read that a newborn caterpillar eats.....
the shell of it's own egg then it eats the leaf where it hatched.
We read that Monarch butterflies are poisonous because they eat poisonous milkweed.
We learned that Monarch butterflies do not make the round trip when migrating and that they lay their eggs as they are heading south.
Lastly we learned that the Painted Lady
photo courtesy of http://www.butterflyutopia.com/live_butterfly_kit_feeder.html
can migrate from Africa to Iceland.
We can't wait to discover many new facts about butterflies and to experience first hand the life cycle of a few new varieties this year. To see pictures/video of the life cycle from previous years of the Monarch check out the Monarch link on the right hand side of our blog.