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  • In this activity, students use white butterfly eggs, larvae and pupae to examine the white butterfly life cycle and to compare it with that of a monarch butterfly.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • observe and discuss the life cycle of the white butterfly
    • compare and contrast the white butterfly’s life cycle with that of the monarch
    • record and graph caterpillar growth.

    Monarch butterfly life cycle

    The life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Click on one of titles to find out more about each stage.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • instructions on what you need and what to do
    • discussion questions
    • student handout.

    Related content

    Read more about white butterflies and monarch butterflies.

    In this activity, watch a video on rearing moths and then write a ‘how to’ guide on Rearing insects.

    Useful link

    Visit the Wikipedia website to see images of the Pieris rapae life cycle.

      Published 16 May 2010 Referencing Hub articles
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