Friday, August 27, 2010

Butterflies...Challenge 22

We had a lot of fun with the challenge on butterflies.  The little ones love catching and observing all kinds of critters.  When I noticed we were starting the insect challenges, I knew the littles would be excited.  We began the challenge by taking a walk to our overgrown garden.  I thought this would be a perfect place to spot some butterflies.  Sure, enough we noticed a couple of butterflies right away.  Our zinnias still have a few blooms and  butterflies can be found there regularly.

After observing a couple of butterflies, we sat in the shade of a tree near the garden and read Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons.

It was getting late and the butterflies had gone so we decided to continue the challenge the next day.  While the sun was shining bright the next day we used the net to capture a specimen to study up close.
Bo quickly caught a butterfly and we put it in Boo's new bug box that he had gotten for his birthday.  The littles came in and drew a picture of the butterfly in their nature notebooks.  Bo also drew the life cycle of a butterfly in his notebook. After finishing our drawings, we let the butterfly go and we can't wait to study moths for the next challenge.
We saw a...
 Eastern tiger swallowtail
black swallowtail
gulf fritillary
Cloudless Sulphur (I think)
I'm not sure what kind of butterfly is on the sunflower stem in the picture above.


Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

You really did see a lot of variety of butterflies in your study! Beautiful photos...thank you for sharing your link with the carnival.

Pebblekeeper said...

Beautiful Photos and Study! Thanks for sharing your butterfly study with us!

Tricia @Hodgepodge said...

On a patch of zinnias is where we also saw the most butterflies. They were in my mother's garden. We've made a note to plant zinnias again next year! Love all your discoveries - the butterfly net and observation tank :)