What is a butterfly? At best
He’s but a caterpillar dressed (Benjamin Franklin).
Note to self: When your child says, “Look, Mommy,” take the time to go see.
We discovered two tiny caterpillars on our hollyhock plant. We had moved it outside after we released our first butterflies, and then we noticed some lacy leaves. Upon closer inspection, we found two little caterpillars munching away. We carefully brought the plant back inside and placed it back in the tank, hoping to watch the transformation once more. The boys have witnessed the complete butterfly life cycle! And we love watching them fly away after they emerge and we return them to the outside.
Our Favorite Butterfly Resources
- I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe, the author of the Bunnicula books–the illustrations are gorgeous, and just might inspire some painting or pastel drawing.
- Waiting for Wings follows the process of metamorphosis and includes information about the various butterfly types and stages. Lois Ehlert’s collage art is so colorful and detailed–this book is a favorite at our house.
- Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World is an amazing almanac of nature, which combines art and science in drawings, diagrams, and dissections for the natural world, including a detailed section on butterflies. We’re learning butterfly families, anatomy, metamorphosis, habitats, and migration patterns with plenty of inspiration for nature journaling. Deep Space Sparkle has some fantastic ideas for using this book for art projects.
- Make a homemade nature journal and draw the beautiful stained glass window patterns on your favorite butterfly. Draw the wings, one grid at a time, paying attention to the colors and shapes in each panel.