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Event - Years 3 and 4 at the Butterfly Farm

13 September 2012

As part of our Rainforest topic, Years 3 and 4 went on a trip to Stratford Butterfly Farm.

During our visit, we found out some interesting facts about the life cycle of a butterfly and even had the opportunity to stroke a caterpillar! We were shown amazing creatures such as the giant Atlas moth and discovered that moths develop inside a cocoon whereas butterflies make a chrysalis.

We saw a huge variety of chrysalises hanging in the ‘emerging cage’ and made sketches of a large, red and black-spotted butterfly which was getting ready to use its wings for the first time. It was fascinating to get so close to the many beautiful butterflies which fluttered around our heads and even perched on our shoulders as we were learning! Some of us (including the teachers) had to be very brave and make sure we kept calm!

We walked through the rainforest area and were fascinated by the brightly coloured butterflies who managed to land on nearly all of us! We walked into insect city where we were able to see leaf-cutting ants walking above our heads carrying leaves for the queen ant, and were able to stroke a millipede and a stick insect.

In Arachnoland, through the safety of glass, we even saw a black-widow spider and a scorpion colony.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was a fantastic start to our Rainforest topic, and we were keen to start learning more about rainforest creatures in our classroom.

Butterflies feeding on tasty fruit!
We listened carefully to our guide as butterflies fluttered around our heads.

We saw the chrysalises hanging in the emerging cage.
One of the many beautiful butterflies at the farm!

Can you spot the butterfly?
We learned about the life cycle of a butterfly. Look at these tiny eggs on the underside of a leaf!

Butterflies at the feeding station.
Getting to grips with a stick insect.

A friendly caterpillar?
Walking through the rainforest area.

Stroking a millipede. How many legs?
Watch out for the butterflies!