We have caterpillars in class and we are fascinated by them! They are growing so quickly and we can't wait to watch them turn into butterflies!
Butterflies drink through a tube-like tongue called a proboscis. It uncoils to sip liquid food, and then coils up again into a spiral when the butterfly is not feeding. In fact, the proboscis is actually split in two and they must curl and uncurl it repeatedly until it fuses or zips together. This proboscis is not used for tasting though. Instead, butterflies use their feet to taste nectar! Most butterflies prefer flower nectar, but others may feed on the liquids found in rotting fruit.
We had lots of fun recreating our Painted Lady butterflies by folding the paper in half to print out design. We love the finished effect!