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Woodside Gardens Help Students Learn About Butterfly Life Cycles

The milkweed plants that were introduced in the Woodside garden are the sole host plant for Monarch butterfly caterpillars. Woodside teacher Ms. Melina Cronin recently gathered a few caterpillars from the milkweeds and hosted them in her classroom where her students were able to observe as each caterpillar became a chrysalis over an eight day period. Beautiful monarch butterflies eventually emerged from the chrysalist! The butterflies were released to the students' delight and will return to the garden in the spring in a return migration. This experience presents the life cycle in a way that our kindergarten and first grade students truly understand.