First Graders Marvel at Metamorphosis

Watauga Elementary first graders have enjoyed watching the complete life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Each classroom began with an egg on a milkweed plant. The children were mesmerized when a caterpillar emerged and munched on milkweed continuously. We were all very patient for about 14 days while our caterpillars transformed inside beautiful green and gold chrysalises. Finally, each classroom saw a black and orange monarch butterfly emerge from its chrysalis. We were sad to release our new friends, but we know they have a long journey south. Most monarch butterflies migrate all the way to Mexico!