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  • 1. The Children’s Butterfly Site
    By: Sarah Eaton
    EDU 375
    Spring 2011
  • 2. The Children's Butterfly Site is now a project of the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University.
    Funding support comes from the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) and from advertisers.
  • 3. Life Cycle of Butterflies and Moths
    The egg is a tiny, round, oval, or cylindrical object, usually with fine ribs and other microscopic structures. The female attaches the egg to leaves, stems, or other objects, usually on or near the intended caterpillar food.
  • 4. The caterpillar (or larva) is the long, worm-like
    stage of the butterfly or moth. It often has an
    interesting pattern of stripes or patches, and it
    may have spine-like hairs. It is the feeding and
    growth stage. As it grows, it sheds its skin four
    or more times so as to enclose its rapidly
    Life Cycle of Butterflies and Moths
  • 5. The chrysalis (or pupa) is the transformation
    stage within which
    the caterpillar tissues are broken down and the adult insect‘s structures are formed. The chrysalis of most species is brown or green and blends into the background. Many species overwinter in this stage.
    Life Cycle of Butterflies and Moths
  • 6. Life Cycle of Butterflies and Moths
    The adult (or imago) is colorful butterfly or moth usually seen. It is the reproductive and mobile stage for the species. The adults undergo courtship, mating, and egg-laying. The adult butterfly or moth is also the stage that migrates or colonizes new habitats.
  • 7. Adult Butterfly Anatomy
  • 8. Learn About Butterflies and Moths
    One may access
    the link to read
    about frequently
    asked questions about
    butterflies and moths
    The questions are broken down into topics of: *General Questions
    *Questions About the Butterfly and Moth Life Cycle
    * Questions About Butterfly or Moth Appearance
    *Questions About Butterfly and Moth Moth Behavior
    *Questions About Catching and Handling Butterflies and Moths
  • 9.
    • This site is very informative for students who are learning about butterflies.
    • 10. This site offers a link for teachers to be able to access teaching and learning tools to assist in teaching about butterflies.
    • 11. This site offers a link for students to find related websites about butterflies.
    • 12. There is also coloring pages for children to print out, and a photo gallery for the children to look at and see what other children have discovered.
  • References
    • Opler, Paul A., Kelly Lotts, and Thomas Naberhaus. 2010. The Children's Butterfly Site. Bozeman, MT: Big Sky Institute.
    • 13. Google Images