Magical transformations: From monarch caterpillar to butterfly

IMG_1308 Here are two of Belvedere’s monarch caterpillars. They live in Ms. Liddell’s classroom and are on their way to the top of their butterfly cage, where they’ll spin their chrysalis. Before the end of the school year, they’ll turn into a monarch butterfly.
Below is the chrysalis of one of the monarchs. When the butterflies emerge, the second-grade classes will release them outside. Some of the monarch caterpillars have died. It appears that they’ve been infected by a virus that makes them vomit and upsets their stomachs before it kills them. Even with the virus, though, the survival rate in our classrooms is much higher than in the wild, where only one in every 10 monarch eggs succeeds in becoming a butterfly.
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