Reception Butterflies 🦋
A project for this year's Reception Class was looking after caterpillars and seeing them grow into butterflies.
Our Reception Class have been caring for an army of caterpillars and watching them throughout their chrysalis stage and into butterflies. They set them free in the playground and watched them fly away in awe.
The story usually begins with a very hungry caterpillar hatching from an egg. The caterpillar, or what is more scientifically termed a larva, stuffs itself with leaves, growing plumper and longer through a series of molts in which it sheds its skin. One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth.
(Scientific American, 2012)