Lesson Plan - Get It!
What type of insects do you see above? Do you know what their babies look like?
Butterflies can be found almost everywhere all over the world!
There are over twenty four thousand different types of butterflies on Earth!
- Do you know any of the types of butterflies?
Tell your parent or teacher your answer. You may have said a monarch butterfly. This type of butterfly is very popular and can be raised in your own home! Below, you can see a beautiful monarch butterfly.
- Did you know that this butterfly was once something very different?
In this lesson, you will begin to explore the life cycle of a butterfly.
The first stage of the life cycle of a butterfly is the egg stage. The life of a butterfly begins in a small egg. Butterfly eggs can be round, oval-shaped, smooth, or bumpy, and can come in all different colors and sizes. Some eggs are translucent. This means you can see inside of the egg and see the baby growing inside!
Butterflies usually lay their eggs on leaves. A butterfly will search for the perfect leaf before laying her eggs. They will only choose a leaf their babies can feed on once they hatch from the eggs. Below, you can see pictures of different eggs. Discuss with your parent or teacher what makes the eggs pictured below similar and what makes them different:
Black-Veined Butterfly Eggs
Large Cabbage White Butterfly Eggs
Large Tree Nymph Eggs
Some eggs will hatch when the weather becomes warm enough, and others will hatch when a few weeks have passed. Instead of a beautiful butterfly emerging from the egg, a caterpillar emerges. Once the caterpillar hatches out of the egg, it will begin its search for food. The caterpillar will munch up the egg it was in and the leaf its egg was on. It will eat and eat and eat! As it grows, it will shed its skin. Some caterpillars shed their skin five times while they are in this stage. Below, you can see different kinds of caterpillars:
Black Swallowtail Caterpillar
Gypsy Moth Caterpillar
Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar
Mourning Cloak Caterpillar
- What are some things that are the same and some things that are different about the caterpillars you looked at?
Share your answers with your parent or teacher. Caterpillars come in many different colors and can even have hair and bristles.
In the Got It? section, you will explore the life of a caterpillar.