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Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County
7001 W. 21st Street N.
Wichita, KS  67205
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8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday


Life Cycle Miracle (Butterfly Larvae)

Grades: K-4
Time: The butterfly life cycle takes 3-4 weeks to complete.






Watch Painted Lady caterpillars grow, form chrysalides, and hatch into butterflies. Learn about the anatomy, life cycle, and the role of a butterfly in its environment. Compare the similarities and differences between a butterfly and a moth. 

A classroom presentation by Sedgwick County Extension Staff is available and can be requested when ordering the larvae.

Order Deadline: Monday, March 7, 2022 (partial scholarships are available to Title I schools - code TITLE1)

Pick Up: Thursday, April 7, 2022 

Teacher Provides:

  • Continuous care and supervision of larvae, chrysalides and butterflies until released outside
  • Butterfly enclosure (purchase optional) and other supplies such as butterfly food, etc. 

Program Includes:

  • Butterfly larva cups (3 to 5 larvae) with larvae food are available for purchase at $21.00
  • Butterfly enclosures are available to purchase 
  • Teacher guide and student booklet

These videos are available for use in your classroom if you are not scheduling an in-person lesson. In-person lesson will cover the same material.

A PDF version of the order information is available here for planning purpose only.


Video Series Part I

Video Series Part II

Video Series Part III

Kansas State Standards:

  • K-LS1-1.  Use oberservations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • 1-LS1-1.  Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
  • 2-LS4-1.  Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
  • 3-LS1-1.  Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • 4-LS1-1.  Construct in Argument from Evidence that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.