Feedback from Waihi East School

Madam Butterfly

On Thursday 17th May, Madam Butterfly (Jacqui Knight) drove down from Russell to Waihi East School to show us a presentation. The presentation was about butterflies.
Madam Butterfly told us a lot about Monarch butterflies. She told us about the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. First the egg hatches and out comes the baby caterpillar. Next the caterpillar forms into a chrysalis. Finally the chrysalis breaks open and the adult Monarch butterfly emerges out of the chrysalis into broad daylight. The Maori name for the Monarch is Kahuku, which means colourful coat.
In NZ there are less than 100 species of butterfly, but in the whole wide world there are 20,000 different species of butterflies.
In the winter, Monarch butterflies in NZ go to Butterfly Bay to rest.
Madam Butterfly also cares for the environment as well as the butterflies. She also showed us a game called the web of life.
Madam Butterfly has been studying butterflies for 40 years and has gone to 50 schools in NZ teaching children about butterflies. She said to us that she loves her job.
Thank you for coming to our school to show us your presentation I really enjoyed it.
By Nicole Kerr Age 10

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