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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.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

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

    Useful link

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

      Published 16 May 2010 Referencing Hub articles