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Elementary students observe life cycle

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After studying the life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly for science, WES second grade students released the little creatures in June.

WES butterfly release


After observing them grow from tiny caterpillars, second grade classes at Watervliet Elementary School released their Painted Lady Butterflies into the wild on June 7!

Teachers report the students were especially excited to care for the butterflies over the past several weeks and observe their life cycle. The small creatures arrived in grade 2 classrooms early in the larva/caterpillar stage, which lasts about two weeks. They then form a chrysalis, which lasts from 7 to 10 days, before emerging as an adult butterfly.

The students waited until the weather was warm enough to ensure the survival of their winged friends. Although it was a bittersweet moment, the students enjoyed watching the butterflies take flight!

Thanks to second grade teacher Mrs. Sennett for sharing pictures of the butterfly release.