Team Caterpillar Castle
Zola C. and Kensleigh S. – 3rd Graders at Sally Ride Elementary
Building a Habitat for Monarchs
Kensleigh and Zola with their completed Critter Comfort Cottage.
Research and Design Planning
List of Works Cited/Used in Research
- Graham, Caleb. Monarchs on the Move. Houghton Mifflin Publishing, 2006.
- Why I raise monarch butterflies. Triangle Gardener Magazine. (2020, June 17). Retrieved November 23, 2021, from https://www.trianglegardener.com/why-i-raise-monarch-butterflies/
- Science for kids: Raising Butterflies. Wholesome Children. (2021, April 11). Retrieved November 23, 2021, from https://wholesomechildren.com/raising-butterflies/
- NAPPC Monarch Taskforce, the Monarch Joint Venture, and the association of State Departments of Transportation involved in the Monarch Highway. “Monarch Highway | The Monarch Joint Venture.” The Monarch Joint Venture, Retrieved November 23, 2021, https://monarchjointventure.org/get-involved/i-am-a/department-of-transportation/monarch-highway.
- “Western Monarch Population Closer to Extinction as the Wait Continues for Monarchs’ Protection Under the Endangered Species Act | Xerces Society.” The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Graph Retrieved November 23, 2021, https://xerces.org/blog/western-monarch-population-closer-to-extinction-as-wait-continues-for-monarchs-protection.
Cottage Construction and Design Documentation
We worked together to build the Monarch habitat on November 23, 2021 following our drawn design plan. We used the materials listed below.
Habitat Features – Close-Ups
Critter Test – Caring For Instars
Project Log- Critter Test Observations
**Instars A, B, and C all made it to adulthood butterflies.
|Date||1st Chamber Observations||2nd Chamber Observations|
|November 23, 2021||Instar ‘A’ – 3/4 cm in length, stage 1|
Egg was observed on a leaf
| Instar ‘B’ – 4 cm in length, stage 5|
|November 28, 2021||Instar ‘A’ – 1 1/2 cm in length|
Instar ‘C’ – newborn 1/2 cm – egg had hatched!
| Instar ‘B’ – bright green chrysalis formed on leaf|
|December 2, 2021||Instar ‘A’ – 2 1/2 cm in length|
Instar ‘C’ – 1 cm in length (doubled in size!)
| Instar ‘B’ – leaf that chrysalis was on wilted |
so we taped it on the plastic lid.
|December 4, 2021|| Instar ‘A’ – 3 cm in length –> moved to Chamber 2|
Instar ‘C’ – 2 cm in length (doubled in size again!)
| Instar ‘B’ – still a chrysalis|
Instar ‘A’ had molted and was moved to Chamber 2.
|December 7, 2021||Instar ‘C’ – 3 cm —> moved to Chamber 2||‘A’ – bright green chrysalis|
‘B’ – dark green chrysalis
|December 9, 2021||No more instars in chamber 1.||‘A’ – darker green chrysalis|
‘B’ – chrysalis clear and empty, butterfly emerged and was released
Instar ‘C’ – made “J” shape, starting to make chrysalis
|December 10, 2021||‘A’ – dark green chrysalis|
‘C’ – bright green chrysalis
|December 12, 2021|| ‘A’ – dark green chrysalis|
‘C’ – bright green chrysalis
|December 15, 2021|| || ‘A’ – very dark black chrysalis in the morning, by the afternoon, the butterfly had emerged – (see video of release below)|
‘C’ – darker green chrysalis
|December 18, 2021||‘C’ – very dark black chrysalis in the morning, by the afternoon, the butterfly had emerged and was released|
This was the final butterfly release. It was extra special as ‘C’ had hatched from its egg and was born in our Critter Comfort Cottage!
We are thrilled our habitat performed so well.
Release of ‘A’
Below are photos and videos describing our project as we would have done in a Face-to-Face presentation.
These plants are fake. The butterflies and caterpillars are masterpieces made by the team using clay, plaster, and ceramic paint to present this project face to face.
7 thoughts on “Team Caterpillar Castle”
This is totally amazing! What a concept. For idea to execution these two little ladies are truly exceptional!
Awesome shelter! I’m sure your caterpillars will love having so much room to grow and many yummy flowers to munch on!!
Very well done! You have solved a problem for the Monarchs, great job!
Bravo, ladies!!! Not only is your design aesthetically appealing but it protects the eggs from predators and keeps the baby instars safe as they grow! How brilliant to move the caterpillars into different chambers. I even appreciate that you have an effective way to collect the waste which can be troublesome in many designs and harmful, too. Great research and presentation❤️. So proud of all your hard work and effort!! 🦋
Wow! Your team did a WONDERFUL job. You all portrayed a lot of creativity and organization putting your project together and presenting it. I learned so much! Way to go!
I LOVE your work! It is so complete! Thank you for your research and your data. Thank you for this very original Critter Comfort Cottage for your butterfly friends. I enjoyed your presentation with your videos, pictures, tables, and explanations. Well done Chiquitinas!!!!
WOW! This is an awesome project. A lot of work and thought went into it. I learned a few things. Thanks for sharing.