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The Life Cycle of a Butterfly…

Your name/Group name _____________________________________

Start date_________________ Completion date _______________


Last spring Sally’s mom purchased the seeds to a plant known as milkweed. Sally had never heard of this plant before and was quite interested in what it might look like when it was fully grown. As her mom began to plant the seeds in their garden she said, “Be sure to pay close attention to this plant as it grows Sally. Not only is it beautiful but it is very special in one other way that you must discover on your own.” Sally was so interested to discover this new and exciting plant’s secret that she purchased a journal to record

its development.

your challenge
Your Challenge

You and your partner are now on a mission with Sally to discover what special secret the plant milkweed holds. You will be watching the plant as it grows and will be recording developments as they occur. Your explorations will be conducted by traveling to certain websites that I have picked for you and your partner. Two key questions to ask as you uncover milkweed’s mystery are:

  • 1) What insects feed on milkweed’s leaves and/or flowers?
  • 2) Does milkweed function as a habitat? If so to who and how?

Once you have discovered the answers to these questions we will begin to explore the second portion of our WebQuest.

but first a couple rules
But First: A Couple Rules

Since this is a group project I would like each person to have an equalamount of time on the computer.

  • Each group member will be assigned a number either 1 or 2.
  • I will be dividing our class time into two sections: After the first 10 minutes is up you will hear a bell ring at which point the person in control of the computer and mouse will change from person #1 to person #2.
  • The “searcher” will be the group member on the computer and the “recorder” will be the other group member who is in charge of recording important information to your WebQuest journal.


so let s find out about milkweed
So, Let’s Find Out About Milkweed

It’s time to begin your search!!

But don’t forget your key questions…

    • 1) What insects feed on milkweed’s leaves?
    • 2) Does milkweed function as a habitat? If so to who and how?
    • 3) Also, please draw a sketch of a milkweed plant in your WebQuest journal and include any other interesting facts that you might discover about milkweed!

You can begin by clicking on these sites…

great job now lets learn about monarch butterflies
Great Job!! Now lets learn about Monarch Butterflies

So, What is the life cycle of a butterfly?

Important questions to ask:

  • What are the 4 stages (also known as the life cycle) of a butterfly? Please draw a sketch of this life cycle in your WebQuest journal.
  • Define these words: Nectar, Caterpillar, Chrysalis, Larva, Pupa, Metamorphosis, and Migrate
  • What are the 3 major body parts of an adult butterfly called? Please define them and label the anatomy of a butterfly within your journal. Is an adult butterfly an insect? How?
  • What do caterpillars eat? Are they insects? Why?
  • What is a nickname for Monarch Butterflies? Why?
butterfly websites
Butterfly websites…

Click on these links to uncover the answers to your butterfly questions and more:

what have you learned
What have you learned?

Now that you have viewed many websites show me what you know…

  • Please draw a sketch of the life cycle of a butterfly in your WebQuest journal. Be sure to color your sketches and make them look as realistic as possible.
  • Next define the parts of an adult butterfly and label the anatomy within your journal. Is and adult butterfly an insect? How?
  • Is a caterpillar and insect? Why?
  • What animals other than butterflies have life cycles?
  • Why do you believe animals have life cycles?
for even more information use these key words and phrases with any search engine
For Even More Information…Use These Key Words and Phrases with any Search Engine

Butterfly Facts!

Butterfly Species!

Butterfly Habitats!


Life Cycles!

it s time to share your results
It’s Time to Share Your Results!

Now that your WebQuest explorations are complete I would like for you and your partner to show the class what you have learned by writing a short autobiography of a Butterfly’s life within your journals.


  • Be sure to go in order of its life cycle.
  • This is a short story, so just a few paragraphs please.
  • Be creative: include the fun facts you have learned, give your butterfly a name and emotions, add illustrations.

We will take turns sharing our stories at the writer’s chair when our WebQuests are complete!

and just for fun explore these sites
And Just For FUNExplore These Sites…