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Carolina Investigations® for AP® Environmental Science: Primary Consumer Energy Flow Kit (with voucher)

Product Highlights
  • Investigate how efficiently developing butterflies convert food into body mass
  • Connects to Unit 1 and Topic 1.8
  • Includes materials for 30 students working in pairs


Product Details

  • Aligned with Big Idea 4 and Essential Knowledge 4.A.6.
  • Emphasizes Science Practices 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7

As an alternative to measuring energy flow through primary productivity, students measure the transfer of energy at a higher trophic level and modify environmental conditions to explore their effects on energy consumption. In this lab, Vanessa cardui (painted lady butterfly) larvae, representing a primary consumer, feed on a growth medium that represents a primary producer. Students investigate how efficiently developing butterflies convert food into body mass. They then analyze results, calculate efficiency, and build food chains by constructing ecological pyramids. The lab requires 10 to 15 days to complete.

Product Features

  • Kit provides materials for 30 students working in pairs.
  • Digital teacher's manual, included FREE with kit purchase, is a 12-month e-book license to the Primary Energy Flow Teacher's Manual and Student Guide.

Note: Kit includes a voucher to request perishable material later at your convenience. Contact Carolina or return the voucher to request delivery of perishable material.

AP® is a trademark registered and/or owned by the College Board®, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.


Shipping Information or Purchase Restrictions
  • Painted lady butterflies cannot be released in CT, ND, and WA. Cannot be shipped into Puerto Rico.
What’s Included:
Needed But Not Included:
  • 3 Balances (accurate to 0.01 g)
  • 15 Scissors
  • 15 Push Pins
  • 15 Rulers, Metric
  • 15 Permanent Markers
  • 1 Butterfly Habitat (optional)
  • 1 Foil or Plastic Wrap (optional, but helpful)
  • 15 Cups or Other Containers (optional, but helpful)
  • 1 Additional Paper Towels
Return Policy:

If for any reason you are not satisfied with this item, it is eligible for a return, exchange, refund, or credit up to 180 days from date of purchase. Restrictions may apply. Returns & Exchanges Policy.


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