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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Painted Lady Butterflies have emerged!

It was with great excitement that one of our fine lads in class announced that a butterfly had emerged from its chrysalis this afternoon.  By the time we were ready to go home, another three had emerged.
After I had said good-bye to the students and returned to the room, the 5th one was drying its wings.  How many will be out by tomorrow?  The students were full of questions!  What is the red stuff?  What are they going to eat?  What are they called?  Which one is mine?

These are Painted Lady Butterflies and are native to Alberta.  They are very similar to the colourings of a Monarch butterfly (as one smart cookie noted) but do not fly to Mexico for the winter!  Their life cycle is less than 40 days.  We will be giving them a diet of sugar water soaked into sponges so they can suck through their proboscis.  What amazing observation opportunities the children will have before we release these winged wonders back into God's beautiful world.

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