Life cycles

In the relatively controlled environment of his garden Darwin observed his cabbage plants closely. His observations brought the realisation that animal and plant life cycles coincide. Large white butterflies laid their eggs on his cabbages and their caterpillars were attacked by the ichneumon fly which deposited its eggs in their living bodies. Darwin theorised that overlapping life cycles must also be central to the struggle for survival in the natural world.

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  Watch a video on the life cycle of a large white butterfly  A list of interactives pupils could play during this module

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