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Most butterflies and moths eat flower nectar. This is a sweet liquid that flowers make. The nectar is inside the flower at the very center. A butterfly or moth gets the nectar with a very long proboscis. This is a long, thin part in their mouth, kind of like a drinking straw. In this activity explore what it's like to drink from a flower.

instruction guide

What You Need

  • Large plastic or paper cups
  • Drinking straws
  • Colored construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Water, fruit or juice

What To Do

1. Make a flower shape from paper like the ones pictured here or make up your own.

2. Color in your flower.

3. Make a small hole in the center of your flower, just big enough to put your straw through.

4. Fill your cup with water or juice.

5. Tape your flower over the top of your cup, covering the opening.

6. Use your straw to drink the nectar.

Talk About It

Have you ever watched a butterfly in a garden? What does it do? What other insects visit flowers?

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