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Smithsonian Science How Webcast: Butterfly Adaptations - How They Come By Their Colors

WhenThursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:00am

Natural History Museum

Event Location

Online; Internet connection required




Bring a Smithsonian scientist into your classroom with Smithsonian Science How video webcasts.

These free, interactive, TV-style webcast programs will introduce your middle school students to core science concepts through the lens of Smithsonian research and experts, providing students with positive STEM role models and a connection to science in their lives. The shows air live twice each day, and provide opportunities for your students to interact via live polls and Q&A with the scientist. Explore the topics in the schedule by watching a webcast and using the classroom activities, lessons, readings, and other teaching resources that support each webcast program.

Butterfly Adaptations - How They Come By Their Colors, featuring Smithsonian experts
Have you ever wondered why there is so much diversity in colors and patterns on butterfly wings? What’s the function, and how do butterflies come by their brilliant colors? Come behind the scenes at the National Museum of Natural History to get a close-up view of butterfly colors and related adaptations. See spectacular butterflies and moths in the live Butterfly Pavilion and Q?rius Collections. Talk with Butterfly Pavilion expert Eric Wenzel about butterfly wing patterns, from flashy iridescence to camouflage colors and other adaptations. Look deeper as electron microscopy expert J.P. Hurtado Padilla zooms in on the detailed wing structures that give butterflies their colors. Discuss engineering applications of the unique way colors appear on butterfly wings. Come away with a new understanding of the roles of color in nature.

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