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Metamorphosis: (in an insect or amphibian) the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages.

     

Assumption Kindergarteners experienced a marvel over the last 3 weeks of school.  Tiny black caterpillars arrived one day, and were placed inside a netted cage.  Green leaves were placed in the cage, allowing the caterpillars to eat.  In time, they were almost 2 inches long…changing colors to black and brown.  Students watched in amazement as they creatures created a chrysalis ((moths have cocoons), hiding while their transformation occurred.  Between 7 and 10 days passed, and the newly formed butterflies began eating the chrysalis for nutrition and this cause them to be free.  As they came out with wet wings, they had to spread and move them to dry.  Once they were dry, they were able to fly.  Students placed orange pieces in the cage, so that the butterflies could eat the sweet nectar.  Now the netted cage, has the butterflies and the old chrysalis which hangs from the side of the cage.  Tomorrow, students are letting their butterflies fly free.

  Chrysalis, Butterflies, & Food