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Time to fly!

So, after watching our tiny caterpillars grow and change into beautiful butterflies, it was time to release them into their natural habitat.

We picked a spot in the garden that had lots of flowers, shrubs and tree cover and gently took the butterflies out of their enclosure. 

To begin with, the butterflies were happy to just sit on our hand (maybe just getting used to the big wide world!) If you look carefully at the photos, you can see its curly tongue. This is called its proboscis and acts like a straw, with the butterfly sipping the nectar from the middle of the flower. When it has finished eating, it simply rolls its tongue back up. Amazing stuff! 

Looking at the photos, you might also be able to see markings on its wings that look like eyes. These are called 'false eyespots' and they protect the butterfly from predators (other animals that would eat them) by mimicking the eyes of the predator's own enemies! How clever!

Once the butterflies had got used to being outside, we carefully placed them on to flower branches. Before long, they started to explore the garden, until finally they flew off into the big blue sky!

Isn't nature and wildlife fantastic?

See what other facts you can find out about butterflies, or maybe you could do a butterfly spot in your garden, I wonder how many you will see? Can you keep a diary of all the wildlife you see? Maybe you could draw a picture of your favourite insect, bird or animal and have a go at writing some facts about it. Have fun! 

 

The beauty of nature!

Resting its stunning wings
Furry face!
Resting on the fence
Using its proboscis
Showing its beautiful wings.
False eyespots on its wing
Enjoying resting in the cherry tree

News Flash...

Mrs Allan was very excited today! Look who has started to arrive! I will keep you updated with anymore news soon.

 

The metamorphosis has happened! The butterflies have started to emerge! Wow!

It takes a lot energy to emerge! Time to rest!

Another butterfly fully emerged and starting to explore its' home. I have put a sugar and water mix into the butterfly garden to that they can start to feed. Soon they will be able to have some fruit too!

With its wings full dried it's time to explore.

Hi everyone,

I just wanted you to know that our caterpillars are doing well in school. The speed in which they are changing is amazing! I have taken some photos so that you can still watch what is happening. Talk to your grown up about the life cycle of a butterfly. What do you think is happening in the photos and what do you think will happen next? 

Can you use the photos to create an observational drawing? Or maybe you could draw your own life cycle of a butterfly? I hope to have more photos soon. Until then, happy drawing, have fun!

 

Life cycle of a butterfly - look at how our class caterpillars have changed!

Building their chrysalis
Cleaning off the silk web
Close up of a chrysalis
Safe in their new home

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