MONARCH butterflies have captured the imaginations of adults and children at Two Rocks Primary School this year.
Sustainability co-ordinator Samantha Wright said staff and students had seen the course of a butterfly lifecycle, from egg hatching into a caterpillar and morphing into a chrysalis.
“It is so exciting for the students, as well as the teachers, to see the chrysalis turn from vibrant green and gold to black, and to see the beautiful orange wings ready to take flight,” she said.
“This particular breed of butterfly is thought to have come to Australia from California in the 1800s during the Gold Rush period in Victoria when supplies were shipped across the ocean.
“It is one of the main garden pollinators which makes their presence in our garden vital.
“Its main food source is the ‘milkweed bush’ or the ‘cotton bush’ which is found to be growing wild in the Two Rocks area.
“The Year Two students have found the chrysalises in the rosemary bush and even attached to carrot seedlings.”