Butterfly Life Cycle
WebQuest for Science
Do you know where butterflies come from?
In this WebQuest you and your partner will learn about butterflies. You will use
the Internet to see each of the 4 stages of the butterfly life cycle.
The egg The caterpillar The chrysalis The butterfly
After reading your books about butterflies you and a partner will learn
more about the butterfly life cycle by visiting web sites to see the life
cycle stages and different types of butterflies to learn more about this insect.
Your job will be to complete a life cycle poster, make multi media presentation of
the life cycle and write with your partner about what you learned.
1. Your teacher will ask students what they know about butterflies
and you will read some great books about them before starting this
2. The teacher will assign a partner for you to work with. It is important that
you work well together and share ideas.
3. You and your partner will look at the webquest sites to see pictures of the
life cycle of the butterfly and different kinds of butterflies.
4. You and your partner will find a poster of the 4 stages of the Painted lady
Butterfly. You will each print out and color the poster. The poster tells the
correct colors for each stage of this butterfly’s life cycle.
5. You will make a multimedia presentation of the butterfly life cycle. These
are an egg on a leaf, a caterpillar, a butterfly that will emerge from its
chrysalis and an adult butterfly. The teacher will give you assistances and
6. Discuss with your partner what you have learned.
With your partner visit the following Web Sites:
Where do butterflies come from? Do butterflies grow up differently
from people? Do they change as they grow? Find the names of the 4 life stages
of the butterfly. This web page will be used for one of our crafts too! Write it in
your Butterfly Journal.
Watch a Caterpillar Hatch from its Egg! What do you see? What type of caterpillar
is this? Write it in your Butterfly Journal.
Anise Swallowtail Butterfly - View eggs, caterpillar, chrysalis, and the adult Anise
Monarch Butterfly – View the images of the four stages for this butterfly.
Color a Butterfly life cycle poster Print out this poster and color it. Follow the
directions for Painted lady butterfly colors.
1. 1. You have seen and learned a lot about butterflies.
Discuss what you learned with your partner.
Do butterflies grow up differently from people?
How do these insects change as they grow?
How many stages do they have?
What do the stages look like?
We saw pictures of different kinds of butterflies. Do they all look the same?
Task #3 Create a multimedia presentation
1. As a pair create a multimedia presentation that will show all that you
learned about butterflies. Make sure to include:
*Four stages of life cycles.
*What each stage looks like? What does the insect look like as it changes?
*Name several different kinds of butterflies. Tell how they are alike and
This rubric will show how well you worked with your partner and completed each
of your tasks. The teacher will talk to you about how you did and give you ideas
about what you did best and how you might do better next time. You are in
school to learn and will want to do your best. The teacher will try to help you.
Minimum Effort Satisfactory Excellent
1 2 3
My partner and I My partner and I could My partner and I could My partner and I worked
worked well not get along and share get along and share ideas well together and shared
together. ideas. sometimes. our ideas.
The butterfly My partner and I can not My partner and I can My partner and I can
stages name the 4 stages of the name some of the 4 name all 4 stages of the
butterfly. stages of the butterfly. butterfly.
We don't know how they We know something We know how
change as they grow. about how they change butterflies change as
as they grow. they grow.
The life cycle My partner and I did not My partner and I My partner and I
presentation complete the life cycle completed the life cycle completed the life cycle
presentation. presentation but it was presentation correctly
not complete. with graphics and
My partner and We had less than 4 We had 8 sentences but We had more than 8 well
wrote about what sentences and our they were not complete. written sentences.
we learned. sentences were not
I hope you and your partner enjoyed learning about butterflies. You worked hard
and learned a lot about these beautiful insects. Great job!
If you would like to learn more, you can explore the following websites:
Make Edible Caterpillars
For fun, try Butterfly math.
The Fascinating World of Butterflies - This site has interesting facts about butterflies and
Take A Closer Look! - These images let you see butterflies in a very different way.
These were created using a scanning electron microscope.
Send a butterfly postcard!
What is a Butterfly? - Lots of information about butterflies and moths.
Butterflies of North America - Discover the butterfly species in your state.
Butterflies for Kids - Butterfly information, printables, puzzles and a quiz to test your
Butterfly School - Learn more about butterflies, their behaviors and how to build a
Billy Bear Butterflies and Bugs – Butterfly activities, games, crafts and graphics.
Parts of a Butterfly – This site shows the butterfly body parts.