Here's an easy and tasty nature lesson for your young reader: Butterflies eat nectar, water, and other liquids through a little pipe that looks like a straw. The straw is called a ‘proboscis’ and it is curled under the butterfly’s head most of the time.
After viewing the photos have fun with your young reader pretending to eat like a butterfly. Try this simple craft and recipe and don’t be surprised if this science lesson makes your reader’s wings start to flutter!
How and What Do Butterflies Eat?
Making a Flower and Proboscis
- drinking straw
- paper cupcake liner
- colored pencils (optional)
- Fold cupcake liner in half 3 times.
- Round the top to make petals.
- Cut a very small amount off the pointed end of the folded cupcake liner.
- Unfold. Decorate with colored pencils in your favorite flower design.
- Place the flower on the end of the straw.
Strawberry Butterfly Nectar Recipe
Please note, this recipe is only for young readers and not for real butterflies!
- 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
- Combine the strawberries and apple juice in a blender or a food processor. Puree until smooth. If the nectar is too thick to drink through your ‘proboscis’ more water or apple juice may be added.
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