Butterfly Life Cycle

Butterfly Life Cycle


Students were able to witness the life cycle of a butterfly during science sessions. A set of 33 caterpillars arrived with all of the nutritious food they needed. We separated the food and caterpillars into the individual vials and placed them in a safe place away from direct sunlight. The caterpillars remained in the vial and ate, spun silk and grew to TEN times their original size! After seven to ten days they  hung upside down and hardened into chrysalides (chrysalides are also known as pupae). Once the chrysalides had hardened, we moved them to the pop-up butterfly habitat. It took about seven to ten more days for them to complete the transformation to adult butterflies. Once the butterflies had transformed students took them outside and released them!