Insect Metamorphosis |
Am I a Butterfly or a Moth?
Why are some animals and insects hard to tell apart? For instance, how can you tell the difference between a frog and a toad, or a bee and a wasp? Some animals may appear the same, but they have important differences.
Let's examine moths and butterflies. These insects go through complete metamorphosis and end up almost identical. They look and move in similar ways, and they live in the same areas. But moths and butterflies are different in many ways.
Go to the Entomology at Virginia Tech Web site and visit the
feature Insects in Motion at
http://everest.ento.vt.edu/~carroll/insect_video_home.html. View the short video.
Then talk about the stages of development of the painted lady butterfly. Each
member of the family can draw a stage of the painted lady's development. Put them
all together and tell her story! Invite family members to make up riddles about
each stage, such as I don't have a hard shell and you can't eat me for
breakfast. Which stage am I? (the egg)
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