Saturday, March 24, 2012
This week the students at Kazungula and Kasane Primary Schools spend club time learning about butterflies! Ms Moore and Mr Lipa work with the kids to encourage their understanding of the importance of insects in wetlands systems. After reviewing the basics on insects and their body parts, we focused more on learning about the individual habits and lifestyles of these beautiful creatures.
The students learned about the 4 main stages of the butterfly life cycle and how they undergo metamorphosis as caterpillars before they turn into what looks like a completely different looking insect. We discussed how different the eating habits are for caterpillars and butterflies, and how butterflies only drink nectar and water while their juvenile form will eat leaves and other plant matter.
After learning a few key differences difference between butterflies and moths, the kids got really excited because they made their own butterfly nets and got to run around looking for butterflies! Whenever a group of students caught something, everyone would gather around and determine whether it was a moth or a butterfly and try to identify what kind it was. Several of these butterflies will be kept and taken to CARACAL’s Biodiversity Center to become members of our butterfly garden.
Next week the kids will continue learning about insects as we tackle everyone’s favorite eight-legged friend, spiders!
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