Alex: “No! They sleep for 1 day, 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, 5 days and then they wake up and turn into butterflies.”
Pesiki: “Oh. You know that the caterpillars eat these leaves but we can’t.”
Alex: “Yeah, because they are poisonous to us, aye.”
Pesiki: “Yeah, they can eat the leaves and get big and fat. If the caterpillars don’t eat the leaves then they will get skinny.”
"Oh look here. I saved all of these guys and now they have got bigger. They are my buddies. I rescued all of them aye!...
I’m drawing caterpillars on the tree and a monarch butterfly landing. Do you want to see its wings? I am drawing it by looking at the picture. I’m going to do something. It hatches into a caterpillar. It’s an egg!
The butterfly lays an egg on a swan plant.
Then it flies away.
The egg hatches into a caterpillar. It’s tiny.
It gets bigger. It eats lots. It poo’s lots.
The big caterpillar turns into a chrysalis.
It stays in it for 5 weeks.
It turns into a butterfly. It flies away and goes to lay eggs. ”
The Monarch butterfly life cycle creates so much interest and curiosity amongst children. It allows them to explore scientific concepts around metamorphosis and change. This wonderful creature helps immerse children in one of the most intriguing and beautiful processes that the natural world has to offer.