Thursday, May 20, 2010

Our School Days with Flying Creatures

In March, we started our study with Apologia's Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.  We have been learning about flying insects. 

On March 31st, we went on a field trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus to learn all about butterflies (Lepidoptera).  We held lots of pretty butterflies and viewed many new ones hatching from their chrysalis stage. 

We bought a caterpillar and just seven days later it turned into a chrysalis overnight.  
Our Painted Lady Butterfly hatched on April 18th.

Throughout our study, the girls learned all about butterflies, skippers and moths.  Now they know how to identify the difference between the three when they catch them in our yard. 

The easiest way to determine the difference is their antennae:
  • Skippers have a "J" shape
  • Moths have a feathery look
  • Butterflies have a swollen end  

    The girls had fun making sugar water for it to drink.

    Join us on our next adventure as we learn fascinating facts about more insects!

    1 comment:

    1. We released our butterflies today! Emma loved watching them fly away. One went right to the peonies by the side of the porch. It was a really neat experience watching them change and grow.


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