#CelebrateWithDE – Butterfly Education & Awareness Day

Alighting on the calendar in a few days, it’s Butterfly Education & Awareness Day. To match the spirit of the day, we’d like to help you focus your students’ awareness on these beautiful creatures by providing a gallery of the amazing color patterns to be found on butterflies and a little foundational information about why butterflies are so varied. Use the images we’ve collected – and search for more – to encourage students to look very deeply at butterfly patterns and anatomy to foster appreciation and curiosity.


Featured Resource

For a very special activity, watch this video that shows professional development expert Ron Berger using drawings of butterflies to teach critique and revision. Then, consider letting your students peruse all the images of butterflies in Discovery Education, pick a favorite, and use the image to guide a scientific drawing of their favorite butterfly.


Image Gallery

Baltimore Butterfly
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, Image

Closeup of a butterfly sitting on an orange flower against a black background.
 
Viceroy Butterfly
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, Image

With the same coloring and shape as the monarch butterfly, the viceroy tricks predators into thinking that it is poisonous like the monarch.
 
Catagramma Butterfly
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, Image

The Catagramma Butterfly butterfly, from Peru, displaying eyespot pattern, with false eyes.
 
Glasswing Butterfly
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, Image

The Glasswing Butterfly, from Peru, deflects predators from body with white wing tips. Note transparent portions of wings.
 
Zebra Butterfly
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8. 9-12, Image

Zebra butterfly, from Florida, sits on leafy flower. (Heliconius charitonius)
 
Owl Butterfly
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Image

Large spots resembling owl eyes on the wings of these butterflies offer some protection from predators, particularly birds.
 
Nymphalid Butterfly
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, Image

The nymphalid butterfly, from Brazil, displays eyespot pattern, with false eyes.
 
Zuleika Butterfly
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Image

Zuleika butterfly, from Costa Rica, sits on a leaf. (Heliconius sp.)
 
Butterfly
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades K-2, Image

A photo shows a butterfly – see if your students can identify it using research skills.
 
Butterflies
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Image

A photo showing a butterfly with an unusual pattern – could start a fascinating discussion with your students.


Supporting Information

Why Are Butterflies So Colorful?
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, Video Segment

Explains that a butterfly’s colorful wings help it evade predators and will be great information for your students as they consider the color patterns in the image gallery.
 
Butterfly Adaptations
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Video Segment

Clearly shows the body parts of a butterfly, including four wings, a head, an abdomen, a thorax, six legs, and two antennae, which will be helpful if your students want to design and draw their own butterflies.


SOS Strategy

Spotlight on Strategies: Pin It
(Canadian Version)
All Services
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This teaching strategy allows students to categorize and solidify their learning by expressing new knowledge in several areas – and it looks like dozens of butterflies! Students use sticky notes to post and comment on questions, vocabulary, images, and facts they learned from a media resource. Use it with any piece of media from today’s post.

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