Butterfly Transformation by Mrs. Daye

By Heidi Blokland

Butterfly Transformation by Mrs. Daye

In Kindergarten we have had the opportunity to experience first hand how wonderful and powerful God is, as we have watched monarch caterpillars turn into chrysalis and emerge into beautiful butterflies! Wow!

During the second week of class I brought three white, green and black monarch caterpillars into our classroom. They ate a steady diet of milk weed and their first few days in class were spent eating and eating. They students would gather around the butterfly net and watched them move around the leaves and the butterfly net as they slowly got bigger. The students often stated, “I wonder when they will change?”

Within the first few days, one of the caterpillars crawled up to the top of the net and suddenly we had our first chrysalis! Over the next four days all three butterflies had made a chrysalis. We found it funny that they always changed when we were out at recess. We spent some time learning about natural predators and how caterpillars survive in the wild.

After the chrysalis formed the students would arrive at school and wonder if this was the day that a butterfly would emerge and one day it did! We had studied and knew that as the transformation occurred inside the chrysalis it would change in colour, moving from light green to dark green to black to clear. The students would rush over to look inside the butterfly net each morning and wonder if this was the day that we would see a change until finally we had three beautiful butterflies. Two girls and one boy.

The butterflies reminded us about God, our powerful creator of the world! What an amazing and loving God we serve, who cares and loves everything in our world. “Look at the birds of the air. They do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them” Matthew 6:26