Saturday, September 27, 2008

Camera Critters # 25

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We completed our Monarch life cycle science unit with the kids today. Here are the caterpillars on their milkweed leaves. These were found by teachers on our team and brought into school.

It was difficult to get a good photo of the chrysalises because of the way they suspend themselves from the cover on the fish tank. They're a beautiful green, with little dots that look like gold trimming the top.

The monarch sheds its now thin chrysalis and begins to prepare for its life as a butterfly.



Several small fingers invite the monarch to sit a while.


Time to lay this beauty gently on the butterfly bush to stretch its wings and begin to prepare for flight.

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27 comments:

  1. Thanks for showing up from step one to the end. Very cool!

    I played too!

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  2. Very cool thanks for sharing I think they are beautiful from the beginning to the end.

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  3. A beautiful post, Gina. Thanks for this one.

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  4. What a wonderful classroom project this is; and how your students must love it; seeing the real thing!! Your post leaves me with a bit of yearning for those old days again when I spent each September getting immersed once again in the midst of the excitement of teaching and learning together. These, the caterpillars and butterfly would be great starting off points for an imspired art work.

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  5. Those butterflies are looking so beautiful! Mine is posted HERE too. Happy CC!~

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  6. I enjoyed your very interesting post! I've never seen the (Monarch) caterpillar before. What a thrill that would be to have a Monarch Butterfly sitting on your finger. Wonderful photos!

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  7. A truly fantastic post! You provided a truly special and wonderful experience for the kids! I love this.

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  8. wow...cool. Lucky you, you can capture all those process...

    Please drop at my CC post also : in HERE Thanks

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  9. great photo story! my sister's kids did the same thing, raise the butterflies from the caterpillar stage. it was pretty exciting for them!

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  10. Nice pictures! My favorite is the butterfly on the tip of the finger.

    Wendy
    www.swishersweetie.com

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  11. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post with us!

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  12. Wonderful post along with beautiful pictures. I am thinking of doing this sort of thing with my boys when they are a little older.

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  13. What a wonderful series of photos! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  14. This is wonderful that you show the whole lifestory of a butterfly from caterpillar to butterfly. Thanks for taking the trouble to show this.

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  15. I've never seen the whole monarch story! Absolutely beautiful, thank you.

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  16. Those are beautiful photos.I especially like the ones with 'the little hands.'

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  17. Hi Gina! Wonderful series of photos. This is a great science project for the kids. They must have been so excited when the butterfly finally emerged. Lisa

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  18. This is gorgeosyu butterfly week. I;m thrilled sandy

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  19. What a beautiful post. And a nice contrast to the death of our economy.

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  20. What a great series - and planned for so long!

    Wow - I had not heard yet about Paul Newman. He was so full of life and energy - racing cars, even, until fairly recently. Someone who walked his own path with confidence and joy. I'll miss him.

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  21. Hi, Steve
    Paul Newman. I was sad too. He had the most incredible blue eyes.

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  22. Well done--both your butterfly raising and the story! The photo with the willing hands is especially touching.

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  23. Pag: It's amazing, you raise Monarchs. That is really neat.

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  24. Excellent series of photos. And beautiful also. Thanks for sharing!

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