Online Class: Butterflies

Throughout this course, students will learn about different types of butterflies, the difference between a moth and a butterfly, and how butterflies are classified in families and species.

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Course Description

Welcome to the amazing world of butterflies! Most of us have seen butterflies in our backyard, and admired them, but many of us don't know much about them. In this course on Butterflies, we'll introduce students into the fascinating world of the butterfly. Students will learn the basics regarding butterfly anatomy, including how a butterfly flies. Understanding the lifecycle of butterflies, from egg to adult, is a fascinating metamorphosis, one of the most unique found in nature.

Throughout this course, students will learn about different types of butterflies, the difference between a moth and a butterfly, and how butterflies are classified in families and species. Butterfly habitats are as diverse as the types and colors of butterflies in our environment, and students will learn about butterfly habitats, their favorite plants and flowers found in their own backyard to those that populate certain geographical regions. In addition to learning about butterfly habitats, students will learn the basics regarding the raising of butterflies based on region, as well as the type of equipment you may need to properly capture and care for your butterflies.

This course will also focus on butterfly taxonomy and etymology, further exploring the classification of butterflies according to behaviors, species, and habitats, as well as how butterflies got their name. We'll explore some fun and interesting facts about butterflies, as well as more serious topics such as the importance of butterflies in numerous cultures throughout the world, based myths, legends, art and history.

Finally, we'll conclude the course would an explanation of exactly what butterflies do (other than look pretty) in our environment, the food chain, and in the propagation and pollination of plants.

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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  • Lesson 1: Anatomy of a Butterfly

    In this lesson, we'll start the course by examining the anatomy of a butterfly, and explain how a butterfly flies.
  • Lesson 2: Life Cycle of the Butterfly

    The metamorphosis of butterflies from egg to larva, to chrysalis, to adult, is a fascinating process.
  • Lesson 3: Types of Butterflies

    In this lesson, we'll focus on the different types of butterflies commonly found in the United States.
  • Lesson 4: Butterfly Habitats

    In this lesson, we will learn the basics regarding butterfly habitats.
  • Lesson 5: Classifying Butterflies

    At its most basic definition, taxonomy is the scientific or academic discipline of defining a biological organism or group based on shared characteristics.
  • Lesson 6: Raising Butterflies

    In this lesson, we'll explore the topic of raising butterflies based on geographic region, the type of containers or equipment you may need to create a butterfly-friendly habitat, and how to care for the butterflies you raise.
  • Lesson 7: Butterfly Etymology

    Butterfly etymology is certainly interesting and this lesson explains how butterflies got their name, not only in English, but also in other languages.
  • Lesson 8: Fun Facts about Butterflies

    This lesson will focus on the more amusing or interesting facts about butterflies that you may not already know.
  • Lesson 9: Butterflies in History

    Butterflies are found throughout ancient and modern myths and legends and as such, have their very own place in history.
  • Lesson 10: What Do Butterflies Do?

    In this concluding lesson on our course about butterflies, we'll explore numerous theories.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe anatomy of a butterfly.
  • Describe life cycle of the butterfly.
  • Identify types of butterflies.
  • Identify butterfly habitats.
  • Summarize classifying butterflies.
  • Summarize butterfly etymology.
  • Summarize butterflies in history.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Butterflies
Course Number: 8900199
Lessons Rating: 4.9 / 5 Stars (372 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: August 2021
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus

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