Science in action

The science classroom had some beautiful visitors last fall — monarch butterflies.

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The butterflies began their visit as black, yellow, and white striped caterpillars. The students watched them grow, molt, eat milkweed leaves, and attach themselves to the tops of their cages. Some students got to witness the formation of the green chrysalises and others observed the adults emerging as butterflies.

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Because some of the butterflies emerged when it was too cold to be released outside, science teacher Melanie Traxler said the second graders created a feeding station, complete with paper flowers to attract the butterflies.

“Their plan worked!” Ms. Traxler wrote, “the butterflies drank watermelon juice from the center of the ‘flowers’. When the days got warm enough, we released the monarchs and wished them well on their migration.”

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 Thank you to Ms. Traxler for use of the photos!

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