|Presented By||Backyard Genomics|
|Goal||To collect cabbage white butterflies from across the world|
|Task||Help collect cabbage white butterflies|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
The Pieris Project is a citizen science initiative designed to collect morphology and genetic data on a single species - the cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) - from across its entire range, including your backyard! The small cabbage white butterfly is a great species to study how organisms adapt to new environments, because this butterfly has invaded many parts of the world within the last two centuries and is now found on nearly every continent. With your help, and only with your help, we can create the world's most comprehensive butterfly collection that will allow us to learn how the cabbage white has adapted to new environments as it expanded across the globe. This type of data will be critical to understanding how species may respond to environmental changes, such as climate change and habitat destruction.
|How to Join||
It's easy to participate. You just need to catch a few cabbage white butterflies and send them in. A video and description of how to make a butterfly net and collection envelope can be found on our project website.
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families|
|Ideal Frequency||Just once|
|Average Time||Less than an hour|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||On a walk, run, On a hike, At home|
|Tags||butterfly, cabbage white, climate change, environment, genetics, genomics, girl scouts, morphology, pieris rapae|
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