Rainforest Butterflies


On May 26th the second grade was visited by naturalist and explorer Steve Fratello.  Mr. Fratello gave each class an individual presentation on moths and butterflies of the world.  The children had an opportunity to see spectacular preserved specimens of moths and butterflies and learned some of the important facts that differentiate these insects. 

They discussed the anatomy of moths and butterflies and how they differ, camouflage, life cycle, and various habitats.  Mr. Fratello used a globe to help illustrate the types of rainforests and countries when he has observed and captured many of the butterflies.  The students learned that there are over 20,000 different types of butterflies and that the majority of them can be found in counties along the equator.

Students were able to observe the top as well as the underside of many of the specimens and learned how each insect uses its special coloration to warn other animals that they are poisonous or provide camouflage for safety.  They learned that moths are primarily nocturnal and sleep with their wings open, while butterflies are diurnal and rest with their wings folded.

This AFEE grant is used to enhance the 2nd grade curriculum unit on living organisms.  Students were able to interact and ask questions to broaden their understanding of the butterflies and moths that they are currently studying in class.