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