This is a story about Molly the monarch
butterfly. Molly begins as an egg lain by her mother.
She looks like a tiny little bead attached to the underside of a
As days go by the egg hatches and Molly
is a caterpillar. She crawls up and down the stems of
plants, eating fresh greens. She grows fatter and
longer. Then one day she attaches herself to a twig of a
tree. She makes a tough, shiny covering, called a
cocoon. Molly wraps herself inside of the cocoon. She
appears to be sleeping, but she is not. Inside she is still
growing and big changes are happening to Molly.
When the cocoon opens, Molly appears as a
butterfly. She is no longer a cocoon. She is very
weak, damp, and crumpled. Slowly she spreads her wings.
Her wings begin to dry and she soon flutters away. Molly is
a monarch butterfly!
Answer the questions below.
Molly begins life as an
lain by her mother.
She is attached to the underside of a .
The egg hatches and Molly becomes a .
Molly makes a tough, shiny covering called a .
Molly is not
while inside of the cocoon.
When the cocoon opens Molly appears as a .
She is very
damp, and crumpled.
When Molly's wings
she flutters away.
After changing shape many times, Molly is now a
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