As a part of the first grade science standards, Mrs. Allison’s class has been studying the life cycle and migration of the Monarch butterfly. Students watched as multiple caterpillars have spun chrysalis - a velcro-like arrangement of a silken pad spun by the caterpillar and one of the steps of the Monarch’s metamorphosis.
The first Monarch butterfly of the group hatched over the weekend of September 15-16 . To celebrate the achievement, Mrs. Allison and her students released the butterfly into the wild on Monday, September 17.
Before releasing the butterfly, the class tagged it with an identifiable sticker that they can track through the conservation and research website Monarch Watch in hopes the butterfly makes its migration to Mexico.
Monarch butterflies cannot survive a long cold winter and instead spend the winter in roosting spots. Those located west of the Rocky Mountains in the United States travel to small groves of trees along the California coast - those east of the Rocky Mountains fly farther south to Mexico. The Monarch’s are the only butterflies to make such a long, two way migration every year - traveling up to three thousand miles.
Mrs. Allison and her class hope to tag and release at least 13 more butterflies.