The Topic:
Butterflies

Easier - Butterflies are thin insects with four large, often bright colored wings.
 
Harder - Butterflies and moths comprise the insect group called Lepidoptera. However, butterflies are different from moths.
 
There are over 15,000 different species (kinds) of butterflies. Rain forests have the most kinds of butterflies; but butterflies live in woodlands, fields, prairies. Some even live on cold mountaintops, while many others live in hot deserts. Butterflies live almost everywhere in the world.
 
The Butterfly Farm S.A. 
http://www.butterflyfarm.co.cr/
This site provides information on butterfly bodies, how they grow, their defense mechanisms, and the difference between a moth and a butterfly. Don't miss the Student's Guide to Butterflies section.
 
Monica the Monarch 
http://www2.cybernex.net/~dbenz/monarch.htm
Learn how this 6th grader learned to raise monarch butterflies, and how you can too.
 
Monarchs and Migration 
http://www.smm.org/sln/monarchs/top.html
Here at this site from the Science Museum of Minnesota, you will find pictures, links, and information on investigating butterflies and migration, and more.
Related Websites:
2) Project Monarch Butterfly http://fredstrom.lps.org/monarch/monarch.html
3) Monarch Watch (University of Kansas) http://ron.nhm.ukans.edu/~monarch/index.html
 
Children's Butterfly Site 
http://www.mesc.usgs.gov/butterfly/Butterfly.html
This website provides the answers to many common questions about butterflies and moths; it even includes a coloring page of the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly.
 
  
Choose a project and use the links below to solve the problem or create a project.
 
Raise Monarch Butterflies. Visit Monica the Monarch. Then raise your own butterflies.
 
Make a Butterfly Mobile. Look at sites like The Butterfly Farm S.A. and the Children's Butterfly Site, then create a mobile that illustrates the life cycle of a butterfly. If you would like to learn how to fold a paper butterfly, visit Origami Butterfly and Paper Butterfly.
 
Butterfly Wings. At The Butterfly Farm S.A. learn about the structure of butterfly wings. Then draw a close-up view of what a butterfly wing looks like.
 
Create a Butterfly. Choose your favorite butterfly, then learn everything that you can about it. Now change one characteristic of your butterfly (its wing shape, body shape, color, size) and then draw a picture of what 'your' butterfly looks like.
 
Complete a Butterfly Webquest. Follow or adapt the procedures found at one or more of the following webquest sites: 
1) Butterfly Webquest (Elementary school) http://tli.jefferson.k12.ky.us/EDTD675/TLIProjects/Kim/butterflyW
ebquest/butterfly_WebQuest.html
2) Life Cycle of a Butterfly
http://www.can-do.com/uci/lessons99/butterfly.html
3) The Migration of the Monarch Butterfly (Migration) http://wapiti.pvs.k12.nm.us/~Computer/monarch.htm
4) Monarch Butterfly (Kindergarten level with adult help) http://www.plainfield.k12.in.us/hschool/webq/webq35/monarch1.htm
5) Monarch Butterfly Magic (Grade 6-10) http://www.midgefrazel.net/butfly.html
 
Create a Butterfly Garden. Find out how to attract butterflies to an existing garden or create and maintain your own butterfly garden. Find some good ideas at How to Make Butterfly Gardens, The Butterfly Website, and Butterfly Zone.
 
Website for Kids by Kids
Butterflies, On the Wings of Freedom 
http://library.advanced.org/27968/general_intro.shtml
This site offers basic information about a butterfly's life, its nourishment and predators.
 
A Half-dozen More
Butterfiies 
http://photo.net/photo/butterflies/
Here is a small but beautiful butterfly photo site.
 
Butterflies 
http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/butfly.html
This is a great links-site that connects you to many butterfly resources.
 
Butterflies of North America 
http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/lepid/bflyusa/bflyusa.htm
Similar Website:
2) North American Lepidoptera Collection (Furman University)
http://www.furman.edu/~snyder/butterfly
 
Butterfly Zone 
http://www.butterflies.com/
This site concentrates on the butterfly and gardening connection.
 
The Butterfly Website 
http://butterflywebsite.com/
Here you can look at a butterfly photo gallery and find lots of information on butterfly gardening, farming, ecology and education.
 
North American Lepidoptera Collection (Furman University) 
http://www.furman.edu/~snyder/butterfly/
This large collection contains photos of moths and butterflies.
 
Websites for Teachers
Flutter by...Butterfly (Grades k-5) 
http://etc.sccoe.k12.ca.us/i98/ii98Units/Science/FLUTRBYB/text/home.html#Anchor-Flutter-47043
This website was designed for for a multidisciplinary approach to exploring a life science.
 
Butterfly Secrets 
http://www.wvaworldschool.org/html/lesson/lplans/science/lturner/bsecrets.htm
Students will learn the secrets contained in (and that unfold from) a caterpillarís cocoon or chrysalis. Contains a link to online version of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."
 
Monarch Butterfly Thematic Resource Unit
http://www.midgefrazel.net/monarchtheme.html
This thematic unit focuses on the topic of monarch butterflies.
 
    

insects

lepidoptera

antennae

caterpillar

protective coloration

wingspan

egg

proboscis

migration

moth

pattern

veins

swallowtail

wing

exoskeleton

pupa

abdomen

hindwing

specie

nectar

thorax

abdomen

marking

larva

collecting

hibernation

chrysalis

eyespots

monarch

painted lady

 
  
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 1/99
Updated by Nancy Smith, 6/01