Outdoor Hour Challenge
Inside Preparation Work:
- Read pages 301-304 in the Handbook of Nature Study (Lesson #73).
- Host plants for this butterfly are the dill, parsley, fennel, Queen Anne’s lace, and carrot.
- Check for swallowtails in your region using this tool: Butterflies and Moths.
- How to Raise a Black Swallowtail– This page has a lot of great information!
- Gardens that will host the swallowtail butterfly: Fennel and Parsley.
- See the caterpillar exhibit its defense: Swallowtail—Orange Horns.
- View the entire life cycle in time lapse: Eastern Swallowtail.
Outdoor Hour Time:
- Go on an insect hunt! Look for insect eggs, larvae, caterpillars, and mature insects including butterflies.
- Take some time to watch a butterfly as it works in the garden. Look at the butterfly’s body parts. If you spy a swallowtail, look at the shape of the wings.
- If you find a caterpillar, watch it eat and observe its horns.
- Create a nature journal entry for the swallowtail butterfly or any butterfly you find this week in the garden. If you don’t find a butterfly, pick one to research and then record your findings on a notebook page included in the ebook.
- Advanced study: Sketch the chrysalis, caterpillar, and butterfly of the black swallowtail butterfly. There is a notebook page included in the ebook for your sketches.
- Advanced study: Draw at least two different swallowtail butterflies with colored pencils in your nature journal.
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