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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