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A In your copy, go investigate. 1. Outline the very first thing that happens in the cycle. 2. Describe the shapes and textures of the eggs. 3. What happens to the caterpillar’s skin? 4. What protects the caterpillar from predators and extreme weather? 5. What does the butterfly have to do before it takes flight?


B In your copy, give your opinion. 1. Why does the butterfly lay its eggs on leaves or stems of plants? 2. Why does the caterpillar eat its way out of the egg? 3. What would happen if the pupa was damaged? 4. Why do you think it takes some species longer to form? 5. Do you think a butterfly bonds with its parents? Why/Why not?


C Match one of these key words from the comprehension with a definition.


butterfly eggs


caterpillar chrysalis


metamorphosis emerge


when a caterpillar changes into a butterfly when the butterfly comes out what grows inside the egg another name for a pupa a colourful insect


what a butterfly lays


D Cloze procedure: ‘Amazing Butterflies’. Fill in the blanks. Butterflies are amazing


butterfly in the world. The life-cycle of the butterfly is made up of parts. Caterpillars eat


changes to their are ready to


in a they have


. There are almost 15,000 species of


and grow bigger. They undergo . When they into colourful


butterflies. After some practice, the butterfly is able to and goes in search of


again. 75 to feed on. The cycle is ready to


Unit 13 | Explanatory Text 1


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