Seneca students study butterflies

<I>Contributed photo</I><BR>Mike Tatum discusses pine butterflies with students at Seneca School.

SENECA - Budding entomologists at Seneca School have become experts in the study of the pine butterfly.

Fascinated by the snowy insect hordes, the fifth- and sixth-grade students have made the butterfly a big part of their science, reading, writing, math and art lessons in the first two weeks of school.

Mike Tatum, an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, visited the third- through sixth-grade classes on Sept. 10 and delivered an in-depth presentation on the life cycle of the butterfly and the devastating effect it can have on our ponderosa pine forests.

The students paid rapt attention to Mr. Tatum's slideshow and narration and asked excellent questions. They especially enjoyed the photos of the butterflies' predators and the description of how they kill their prey.

Judith Beaudet teaches fifth- and sixth-grade at Seneca School.

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