Friday, February 20, 2015

Monarch Butterfly Report.

Monarch Butterflies
Monarch butterflies are insects. They are very interesting. The scientific name for Monarch butterflies is Danaus Plexippus. Even though they are only little, they do lots of things that keep them alive. Here are some facts about the beautiful insects.

Life-cycle
Their lifespan goes for about 6 weeks. They eat for 2 weeks before they create their chrysalis. In their life there are 4 stages. First is the egg. It takes 3 to 12 days for it to hatch. Butterflies start as caterpillars. They then turn into a chrysalis. They are in a chrysalis for 10 to 14 days. Chrysalises are green at first but then go see through. While in the chrysalis the caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Once it is a butterfly it breaks out and flies around. All of this is called metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is about body changes.

Appearance + behaviour:
The butterfly has three body parts. Head, thorax and abdomen. It is orange with black and white wings; they also have antennae and 6 legs. The wings are attached to the thorax and are around 10 centimetres wide. Butterflies warm up their wings for 7 hours before they fly. Monarch butterflies are poisonous to most of their predators.

Habitat:
Monarch butterflies live in Hawke’s Bay all year round with our warm temperatures. Most scientists think they are becoming endangered but they don't know completely. Monarch butterflies live in many countries. Here are some: North and South America, Australia, Tahiti and some parts of Europe. They might be the most familiar butterfly in America.

Diet:
Monarch Butterflies eat swan plants. That's where they get the poison which goes into their wings and makes them poisonous. They eat swan plants, water, nectar and sometimes liquid from fruit. Larvae only eat milkweed. Monarch butterflies don't have a varied diet. They aren't hungry insects.
That's all of the facts on Monarch Butterflies. They are very interesting insects. Even though they don't have a long lifespan, they do quite a lot of amazing things in their life.

By Kyra

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tonsils


We jumped in the car and it was time to go. I was finally going to get my tonsils out. We got to the hospital and walked to day surgery. It didn't take long before we were called in. We went into a room with 6 beds. I had to put on a gown and a hat. My mum was there because she was coming into  theatre with me. Thats where I would be put to sleep, and they would take my tonsils out. After after about 2 hours the nurse and 2 doctors came and told me it was time to get my tonsils out. I got to stay in the bed while they wheeled me through to theatre. We stopped in a room where they made sure I was the right person. Once they checked that I then got taken to theatre. I got given a mask with anaesthetic in it. It is gas that makes you fall asleep. My head felt light and I got really dizzy. Soon enough, my eyes started to close.  While I was falling asleep the doctors were talking about what the anaesthetist tasted like. It was out of dirty socks or dirty underwear. I woke up in recovery and I could still taste the dirty underwear. The nurse gave me some water and asked if I was OK. I then got wheeled back to when I started. My mum got cold. They told her that I was OK and she could come and see me. Just as she came in I fell asleep. I was obviously still a bit sleepy. When I woke up the nurse was saying to my mum that I had to stay in the hospital for another 3 hours. Just so they could keep an eye on me and see how I was doing. Finally I was allowed to leave. I got changed and we left. I was just a little dizzy on the way to the car.