Students Releasing Monarch Butterflies Back into the Wild

By Tyler Sutherland

THE FULLY FORMED ADULT WEIGHS ABOUT HALF A GRAM. IT IS UNABLE TO GROW ANY LARGER AND WILL NOT MOLT AGAIN. THE PROCESS OF METAMORPHOSIS IS NOW COMPLETE. THERE'S BEEN A TOTAL CHANGE FROM ONE FORM TO ANOTHER. THE LARVA WAS FOR FEEDING ONLY. THE ADULT IS ONLY FOR MATING. MONARCH BUTTERFLY ADULT DANAUS PLEXIPPUS

A group of elementary students are releasing a number of monarch butterflies this morning just in time for them to fly south for the winter.

About 120 Grade 1 to 3 students from École Riverview School will say goodbye to the butterflies in celebration of studying the monarch.

The journey began three years ago with the creation of a monarch garden. The students planted milkweed and flowers to attract monarchs and since then, different classes have had various learning experiences with the butterflies.

The butterfly is being tied into the school’s curriculum to educate students on Mexico — the destination monarchs choose to migrate — and Aboriginal studies, in which the butterfly is a symbol of transformation among many First Nations groups.

The monarchs will be released at 10:30 a.m.


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