|Endangered Species: Regal Fritillary
A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Candace
Christiansburg Elementary School, Christiansburg, U.S.A.
Photography courtesy of Virginia's Endangered Species
Why Study This Topic?
I what to find out why the Reagal Fritillary is endangered.
I also what to find out what its habit requirement is, and I also what
to find out its description, size, and the color. There is also a couple
of more things I want to know. I want to know its adaptations, reason for
endangerment and actions taken to restore its numbers.
What Was Already Known
I am interested in the Regal Fritillary because it
sounds like an interesting butterfly, but I knew nothing about it before
I began this research report - except that it is a butterfly.
Search for Information
I searched in the the insect section of the book Virginia's
Endangered Species. There were no problems encountered. I had a successful
time finding my information.
The Regal Fritillary is in the butterfly family. It
has up to ten spots on each side of its wing. The size is the same size
as a most butterflies. It is one inch long and 12 centimeters wide. Its
color is yellowish with orange and with narrow black dots. Its shape is
kitelike, typical of most butterflies.
The food that the Regal Fritillary eats is leaves.
It does not live in water. Its shelter is in the wilderness of Virginia.
Therefore, its space needs are very large.
Because its enemies are lizards and humans. Its adaptations
are that the Regal Fritillary is camouflaged with its yellow color and
orange and black dots.
Reasons for Endangerment
The source of the Regal Fritillary's endangerment
are humans are cutting down trees and scientists taking these butterflies
into their labs and killing them just to put in big showcases. Their sad
history is that there are very many of them left.
The actions taken is people should not remove them
from where they live or cut down their habitat. My ideas for the future
actons is to never allow these butterflies to be taken from their homes.
What Was Learned
I learned to organize information better. The Endangered
Species outline help me keep things in order, and I learned a lot about
this butterfly. Before researching the Regal Fritillary, I thought it was
just another butterfly, but I found out it is a special.
Conclusions From Research
People should not take these butterflies away from their
home. The lesson is to leave butterflies alone in the wild or they may
become endangered. Imagine, how you would feel being taken out of your
home and put in a showcase!
Terwilliger, Karen 1991 "Virginia's Endangered
Species" pages 243-245
to Insect page.
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Last updated on March 9, 1998