Critters in the classroom, insect edition: Painted Lady Butterfly

Elementary/Middle School

There is no better way to study life cycles than by observing the complete metamorphosis of live butterflies. Provide your students with this extraordinary experience for a spring science lesson they'll never forget. 

In addition to being extremely easy to maintain in your classroom, these live critters can be used to:

  • Demonstrate a full life cycle
  • Visualize development quickly - most develop between 14 to 26 days
  • Study habitats and environments

In this video, we'll show you how to use and care for live butterflies from larvae to adult so students can watch their transformation unfold before their eyes. 

Ready to start the transformation? Discover more butterfly resources below. 

Download the care and handling guide

Use this free butterfly activity sheet in your classroom (and get the teacher key here)

Shop for painted lady butterfly larvae, habitats, and media

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