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Butterfly Necklace

Teach metamorphosis with butterflies in a classroom activity your students will never forget.
In-Booth Demonstration

In-Booth Demonstration

Life Science

Life Science


Elem/Middle/High School

Students gain an understanding of the life cycle of the painted lady butterfly. They observe the growth and development of a larva in the butterfly necklace, a miniature habitat in which the larva eats, grows, molts, and forms a chrysalis. Then, they transfer the chrysalis into a larger habitat in which the adult has room to emerge. The activity supports 3-dimensional learning and builds toward the following:

  • NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practice: Asking Questions; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
  • NGSS Core Idea: Life Science 1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes; Life Science 3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

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