Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monarch Butterfly

It has been with much wonderment and excitement that we have all been following the life cycle of the monarch caterpillar. It was last month that we first noticed the little eggs that the butterflies had laid on the leaves of our swan plant. Over the weeks we watched as the tiniest of caterpillars hatched and grew bigger and bigger. They started to run out of food so more swan plant was brought in as well as a huge number of caterpillars. So the process continued and children and teachers alike were totally transfixed by the magical transformation of caterpillar to chrysallis which we managed to capture on video. And just over this past week we have watched so many beautiful butterflies emerge from their fragile cases, flapping their wings to dry them before teachers have removed them to the safety of the garden. Purehua tino atāhua!

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