In addition to creating a habitat for butterflies in the garden, we're also raising them from caterpillars in our classroom. That way, we can see their lifecycles and the metamorphosis from caterpillar to chrysalis to adult butterfly.
Butterflies and moths are a diverse group of organisms. Together, butterflies and moths form the order of insects called Lepidoptera. Many pollinate flowers. As caterpillars, some are also serious pests of plants.
Many Lepidoptera species are in decline around the world. Our butterfly garden provides food and shelter for Lepidoptera in order to try and conserve local populations.
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