Ok, so don’t worry I’m not about to write a blog post on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I am however going to write one about the life cycle of a butterfly.
Sat round that campfire we were each given a part of the “50 things to do before your 11 3/4” list I was given number 38-‘Bring up a butterfly’.
Now I had actually done this last year on placement (sadly not before I was 11 ¾) when doing a topic on The Very Hungry Caterpillar with reception. To explore the life cycle of a butterfly we watched these tiny caterpillar eggs gradually transform into a butterfly inside our classroom. What we didn’t fully explore with ladybird class was how and why this happens.
(Taken from the “I Wonder Why Encyclopaedia” p.302-303)
When researching this I also found out that the worlds biggest butterflies are called ‘Queen Alexandra’s Birdwings’ and that females wings can grow over 25cm! You can tell whether a butterfly is male or female by various aspects of their appearance such as there size, wing correlation, pattern, colour and shape! Females tend to be larger and have brown wings with white markings, males on the other hand are much smaller and much brighter in colour.
Did you know that Queen Alexandra Birdwings…
- Can only sip liquid food.
- Are poisonous because they obtain poison from a toxic pipeline plant.
- Are endangered and live in lowland tropical forests- meaning that sadly none where spotted in Seeley Corpse but i’ll keep an eye open!
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/species/Queenalex.shtml (Accessed : 22nd March 2016)
Oliver, C. (1996). I Wonder Why Encyclopaedia. London: Kingfisher