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Butterfly Adaptations - How They Come By Their Colors

Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides) showing the vivid colors on the top of its wings.
Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides) showing the vivid colors on the top of its wings.

UPCOMING EVENT

Smithsonian Science How Webcast
Butterfly Adaptations - How They Come By Their Colors, featuring Smithsonian experts
Description: 

ARCHIVED WEBCASTS

The May 24 webcasts with Butterfly Pavilion Manager Eric Wenzel and Microscopy Educator Juan Pablo Hurtado Padilla have ended. Watch recordings using the links below and then take the survey and tell us how we did!

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 Manager Eric Wenzel about butterfly wing patterns, from flashy iridescence to camouflage colors and other adaptations. Look deeper as Microscopy Educator Juan Pablo 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.

How To Participate:
Webcast Format
  • Live television-style program
  • Free and easy to watch online
  • Designed for middle-school students
  • Aligned with national science standards
  • 30 minutes long
  • Scientist takes your questions

STEM Discipline:

Biology and Engineering

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NATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL STANDARDS:

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

Life Science

MS-LS2

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-2Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

MS-LS4

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • MS-LS4-4Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals' probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.
Physical Science

MS-PS4

Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
  • MS-PS4-2Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.
Engineering Design

MS-ETS1

Engineering Design
  • MS-ETS1-2Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-LS2-2, MS-LS4-4, MS-PS4-2, MS-ETS1-2
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