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Complete 7 requirements. (Revised from a councils own
developed by Port St Lucie Junior Troop 331, to help reestablish butterfly populations devastated during the hurricanes of 2004)
1.) Butterfly Garden – Design, plant and maintain a Butterfly Garden to attract butterflies.You could ask to plant them at school, at church, at a nursing home, your community or your home.Check with your local garden center or online for guidance on what to plant.What is the difference between a Host Plant and a Nectar plant?Be sure to put both types in your garden.Some host plants are Milkweed, Passion vine, cassias, and white vine.Some nectar flowers are Mexican Flame, Pagoda Flower, Lantana and Pentas. Also placing a nectar feeder in your garden is beneficial (* See resources). Milkweed seeds are available from Amazing Butterflies – Seed Promotion, 3003-C8 Yamato Road #1015, Boca Raton, FL 33434, 1.800.808.6276, www.amazingbutterflies.com.Send a self addressed stamped envelope with your $2 donation for the seeds.Be sure to request growing instructions.
2.) Color and Label A Butterfly - Draw and/or Color a Butterfly native to your area.Such examples are the Monarch, Zebra Longwing, Queen, Julia, Giant Swallowtail, or the endangered Miami Blue.Check a field guide you may have a home, the library, or the Internet.Label the parts of butterfly.Are all Butterfly bodies the same?
3.) Monarch Migration Every year millions of Monarch butterflies fly up to 2200 miles to their wintering ground in Mexico.Environmental problems throughout the Monarch’s vast range have turned this wondrous passage into an endangered biological phenomenon.Find out about the migration of the monarch!Some good websites are:
http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/monarch.htm and http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2000/11/1122_monarchs.html You will find many other web sites as well as books and field guides about the event at the library.Try “Google.com” and type butterflies!
4.) Life Cycle Study. Find out about the life cycle of the butterfly.Starting with their courtship and mating habits, egg laying, caterpillar stage, pupae stage and finally their emergence as a beautiful butterfly!Use the Internet, library and/or your own books.
5.) Colorful Butterflies Wings Find out what makes up the color patterns on a butterfly’s wings.Use the Internet, library and/or your own books.
6.) Make some flash cards to share with younger girls to help them identify different butterflies.Or make your own Bingo game to play with them.
7.) Butterfly Habitat Construct a cage for caterpillars.Remember to supply them with plenty of room to move, appropriate food depending on the species, and lots of air circulation, and remember not to leave your cage in the hot sun.For help with building a good cage and learning how to set it up, try the website www.monarchlab.org/rearing/MakingaCage.htm or the library.Perhaps a girl in the troop has a book at home to consult.Keep a journal of the changes you see.Release the butterflies when they emerge.
8.) Visit a Butterfly Center – Learn about the scientists who Work with Butterflies
What is a Lepidopterist?Learn about what role they play for butterflies. What do you have to do to be a Lepidopterist? How long does it take?
Talk to a Naturalist and learn what they do for the Butterflies.How do you learn to be a Naturalist?
9.) Endangered! – Learn the names of five endangered butterflies, and where they reside.Try to find a picture of each.Do some research and have a discussion: “What can we do to help?”Take some steps to help the butterflies in your area.
(In addition to what is included in the text)
Different Species of Butterflies
Butterfly Gardens (How to grow, what to plant, etc…)
How To Feed your Caterpillars and Adult Butterflies
Nectar can be made by combining 4 parts water with 1 part white granulated sugar. Boil the solution until the sugar is completely dissolved and allow it to cool. Store extra solution in the refrigerator for up to a week.Place in a nectar feeder.Clean feeder and replace solution every day too ensure you steer clear of bad bacteria.You can also pour into spray bottle and spray on flowers in yard. Some people soak sponges in a sugar solution and hang them from trees at dusk to attract butterflies and moths.
BUTTERFLY GARDENS (Basic list, there are more than 100 of each out there)
Host Plants – Malva (A weed); Salvia; Milkweed; Mallow; Sunflower; Passion vine; Ruellia; Parsley; Plumbago; Anise or Fennel; Hollyhock
Nectar Plants – Lantana; Daisy; Pentas; Porter Weed; Butterfly Bush or Buddleia; Passion vine
Plus hundreds more – check the websites, the library or the garden center