Saturday, September 1, 2012

Monarch Butterflies

We have started learning about insects this week.  Charles from Dickinson County Nature Center came to our class to teach us about butterflies.  Here are some things that we learned from him:

Caterpillars make chrysalises. (Aiden)
Caterpillars eat a lot so they can turn into a chrysalis. (Payten)
First egg, then turn into a caterpillar and they turn into a chrysalis and then butterfly. (Kelso)
The caterpillars eat their egg shells.  (Ava)
Butterflies are insects. (Tyler)
They go through life cycles. (Jazmine)
They lay their eggs under the leaves.  (Nick)
They eat milkweeds.  (Izzie)
Once they hatch they can grow big in two weeks. (Madison)
They don't stay in Iowa for winter.  (Fran)
They fly to Mexico. (Alisha)
The caterpillars eat their egg shells.  (Dillen)
The caterpillars turn into a chrysalis.  (Levi)
If the butterflies look orange, it is telling other animals not to eat them. (Charlotte)
They lay their eggs. (Tavin)
We tagged a butterfly and let it go.  (Leila)

Every year, I find some Monarch caterpillars so that we can observe their life cycle in the classroom.  This year I have not been able to find any caterpillars.  If you have a chance to go on a hunt for a caterpillar and send it to school, it will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!