Are These Butterflies The Same?

A descriptive video lesson explains the history of the white admiral and red-spotted purple butterfly. As the butterflies' habitats overlap, scientists discovered a specimen with characteristics of both butterflies. The narrator discusses the mimicry and camouflage of the two butterflies as well.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show a photo of the two butterflies in the video and have pupils compare and contrast their features
  • Research additional examples of cross breeding
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a basic understanding of animal defense mechanisms
Pros

  • Includes diagrams to add to explanations
  • Provides additional examples worth noting
Cons

  • None
Common Core