St Patrick’s Primary School concludes weeks-long science project with release of butterflies

ST Patrick’s Primary School Kilmore students were aflutter with excitement as they released five monarch butterflies to conclude a weeks-long science project.

Science teachers Melissa Duggan and Rachael Williamson have been teaching students about life cycles and used butterflies as an example.

They brought an enclosure containing caterpillars into the classroom and allowed students to watch as they constructed chrysalises and eventually emerged as butterflies.

Students released the butterflies on the school yard last week after the last one emerged from its chrysalis.

Ms Duggan said the relatively short life cycle of the butterflies had allowed students to see each stage of the process in the span of a few weeks.

“They’ve really enjoyed it. We’ve done time lapses of butterflies emerging from chrysalises and all sorts of things,” she said.

“There was a lot of anticipation while they were waiting for the butterflies. The chrysalises start off quite green and it takes up to eight days for it to darken and for the butterflies to emerge.”

Ms Duggan thanked Melbourne-based company Butterfly Adventures for providing a caterpillar kit for the project.