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Butterfly Colors and Biomimicry

STEM Discipline

Biology and Engineering

National Middle School Science Standards

Life Science, Physical Science, Engineering Design

Key Terms:

butterfly, coloration, adaptation, camouflage, nanostructure , biomimicry  

Key Concepts:

  • Coloration as adaptation to hide or show
  • Butterfly color adaptations
  • Pigmented vs. structural coloration
  • Nanostructure of butterfly wings
  • Technology used to study coloration

 

Resource Types:

Pink Rose Swallowtail butterfly (Pachliopta kotzebuea) perching on a leaf. Smithsonian image by Chip Clark.Pink Rose Swallowtail butterfly (Pachliopta kotzebuea) perching on a leaf. Smithsonian image by Chip Clark.
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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

The Butterfly Coloration teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:

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, MS-LS4, MS-PS4MS-ETS1

 

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