Studying butterflies at WES

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 09:09 AM.

Mrs. Becky Weston’s third-grade Science class of Wewahitchka Elementary School recently concluded a study of the life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly.  Students experienced the complete metamorphosis from the egg to the adult.  They were fascinated to learn that the insect can lay up to 500 eggs and that she may travel 1,000 miles during her lifetime.  She has 10,000 eyes; tastes with her feet; breathes through her abdomen; and has a life span of only two to four weeks.  She was named “Flutter” and the students proudly released her to freedom.  She flew to the trees and as if to say, “Good-bye”, and she then came immediately back down and landed on Ms. Weston’s shoulder.  This added an emotional moment for all involved as Flutter excitedly flew away to enjoy her freedom.

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