Here is what that looks like for the cabbage white butterfly. Think of the white bands as the butterfly doing "the wave" across North America :)
Steps to Participate (teachers, download lesson plans here)
Step 1: Choose a butterfly -does it leave nearby? (BAMONA) -does it eat a plant you can grow or collect leaves from (you may need a lot of leaves)?
Step 2: Setup rearing cage -need cage to rear the caterpillars (how to build one; where to buy one) -where to keep it (indoor vs outdoor) -determine how you will record temperature each day -potted plant vs water tubes ()
Step 3: Catch female butterfly -need help? (contact us, we'll try to find someone nearby who can help; LEPSOC) -need a net
Step 4: Get female butterfly to lay eggs -need a cage for laying eggs (how to build one; where to buy one)
Step 5: Hatch eggs -...various ways to do this...
Step 6: Care for caterpillars -keep food fresh -don't overcrowd -check daily for completion of life stage -record data (datasheet--need to design these...temp, days, stage, how many individuals, disease, etc) ---if diseased (put in ziplock and send to us)
Additional experiments you can do -diapause induction -critical photoperiod