Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Order Lepidoptera

The last lesson in Apologia's Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day is Lesson 14, entitled, "Order Lepidoptera," about butterflies, moths, and skippers.  This post is about the materials we used to supplement this lesson.
 We did the bulk of this lesson last spring, when I had ordered some caterpillars for painted ladies.  Prior to their arrival, we read From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman.  It features the life cycle of a painted lady, so this book was a perfect addition.
(Here's an illustration of a painted lady from the book.)
They were ready to enter the chrysalis stage pretty quickly after they were delivered.
A few days later, we were surprised to get another (accidental) shipment in the mail!  Luckily, we had a second net to start a separate observation!
Many of them didn't even bother leaving the food cup they came in.  They just hung from the gauzy top and hardened right there!
We left them on our deck for observing.
That food cup looked pretty gross, but they were developing nicely!
Before we knew it, we had painted ladies!
Drying their wings!
They were beautiful!
We have watched moths emerge from cocoons plenty of times (you may have seen our previous posts) but it never gets old!
We read a few other books with this lesson, including My, Oh My -- a Butterfly! All About Butterflies by Tish Rabe ...
... A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston ...
... Butterflies by Emily Neye ...
... Butterflies and Moths by Kathryn Knight ...
... An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly by Laurence Pringle ...
... and our May/June 2016 issue of Zoobooks, entitled, "Butterflies."
We also watched the "Butterfly and the Bog Beast" episode of The Magic School Bus (which I've linked below).
This was the last lesson of this text and we were so sad to close it for the last time.  We took our time in this book, devoured its content, added all sorts of projects, and loved every minute of it.  Next up?  Apologia's Zoology 2 (Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day)!  Stay tuned for those posts!  Until then, happy studying!  God is good and greatly to be praised!

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