Felix Fettig is passionate about butterflies, native plants and amphibians. In 3rd grade Felix started raising monarch caterpillars and has done this activity for the past five years.
“ I just feel really passionate about this. I have raised monarchs, painted ladies, red admirals, polyphemus moths luna moths, cecropia moths, red spotted purples, viceroy, giant swallowtails, black swallowtails and tiger swallowtails. In all, I have raised and released hundreds of butterflies. This has got me a lot more interested in life science. I also like to growing carnivorous plants and love amphibians. That is why we built the pond up on the hill. Amphibians are very important because they are an indicator species.”
“The drawing above shows vernal pond and wintering pond/lake. The adults can’t breed in the wintering pond because the fish will eat the larva and adults. In the spring salamanders migrate to a vernal pond (has no fish and dries up in late spring). The adults lay their eggs and the larvae metamorphose before the pond dries up in the spring. They then spend the summer underground in the moist soil of the vernal pond and travel to the wintering pond/lake in the fall.”
Oh Felix, you make me so proud. Excellent terrific work you are doing and communicating about. I will be sharing your pictures and efforts with my Kindergarten class this year. It will support my theory: “I get my best ideas from kids!” Way to go Felix.
Sally Critchley, Proud Kindergarten Teacher of Felix
What a beautiful amphibian pond! I bet the birds love it too.
Thank you Felix for your dedication to protect the butterflies, and other creatures in our environment. It is very inspirational to see a young person so involved and dedicated to saving our species that have become so threatened.
I can attest to Felix’s passion about butterflies, moths and assorted insects. It’s not unusual to see him chasing through the neighborhood or squatting peering intently into the garden. He’s a great kid to have in the neighborhood!
Well I’m impressed! Way to go Felix!