CNI #13: Paper Butterflies

Happy Friday to all our fellow Nature Investigators!

Today, we were exploring the preserve when we stumbled across some beautiful butterflies. This got us thinking about why butterflies are colored so brightly and have such intricate designs on their wings.

After a bit of research, we found that some butterflies use their colors to scare off predators or camouflage into their surroundings. With this in mind, we decided to create our own paper butterflies in the Ecology Center! To follow along, check out the video at this link. We also have a written description here to help with the activity!

If you’re looking to learn more about the many varieties of butterflies around us, look through some of these resources:

  • Maine Butterflies & Moths: An Introduction to Familiar Species by James Kavanagh and Raymond Leung

  • The Journey of a Butterfly by Carolyn Scrace

And for a nice story, check out:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Have fun making YOUR butterflies!

– Alex and Lily