My second children’s book Buffy the Butterfly was inspired by my granddaughters’ love for butterflies. Sometimes I wonder why kids love butterflies, but who wouldn’t?
Kids love butterflies for their beautiful, brightly colored wings. We all love beautiful things, don’t we? Kids love everything relating to nature: animals, plants, and the environment. Kids love to go to the beach, play at the park, climb the mountains, go camping, and visit the zoo or the farm where we could play with the animals, feed them, and even ride them.
Kids want to explore nature and, above all, experience its immense beauty, which is found foremost in butterflies, among many other beautiful creatures. Kids are amazed by the butterflies they chase in the school ground or find in their yard or flower garden. Kids love to learn about butterflies and watch a caterpillar become a butterfly.
A butterfly flying in the garden is beautiful to watch, isn’t it? Here are some fun butterfly facts that I found on the Internet:
Butterflies are found all over the world except in Antarctica and in all types of environments: hot and cold, dry and moist, at sea level and high in the mountains, wherever suitable feeding, breeding, and overwintering habitat exists. Most butterfly species are found in tropical areas, especially tropical rainforests.
Butterflies are insects. They are considered by many to be the most beautiful insects in the world.
Scientists estimate there are between 15000 and 20000 different species of butterflies.
A butterfly has three body parts: the head, the thorax (the chest), and the abdomen (the tail end).
The thorax is where all the muscles are that the butterfly uses to move its wings to fly.
The head of a butterfly contains the brain, two compound eyes, the proboscis, and the pharynx (the start of the digestive system). The two antennae are attached to the head.
The abdomen contains the butterfly’s vital organs such as the heart, Malpighian tubules, reproductive organs and most of the digestive system.
Each butterfly has four wings that are attached to the thorax. Their wings often have bright rich colors that make butterflies easy to spot in nature. Their wings have intricate designs oftentimes looking like works of art.
A butterfly’s lifecycle is made up of four stages: egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis), and adult.
The shapes of the eggs depend on the type of butterfly. Butterflies attach their eggs to leaves or stem with a special glue. If you look closely, you can see the caterpillar growing inside.
When the egg hatches, a larva, otherwise called the caterpillar, comes out. During this stage in a butterfly’s life, it is so important for the caterpillar to eat as much as possible. Most caterpillars are herbivores or plant-eaters.
Fully-grown caterpillars attach themselves to a suitable twig or leaf before shedding their outside layer of skin to reveal a hard skin underneath known as a chrysalis.
In the chrysalis, the caterpillar goes through a seriously terrific transformation. This is called “metamorphosis.” In this process, the caterpillar is literally turning into a butterfly.
Finally, the butterfly is an adult. A full-fledged butterfly will eventually emerge from the chrysalis where it will wait a few hours for its wings to fill with blood and dry, before flying for the first time.
Butterflies have an all-liquid diet. They sip nectar from flowers through the proboscis.
Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet. I was a kid once so I love butterflies too… until now, that I published a children’s book about it. If you haven’t bought Buffy the Butterfly yet, you should. Chances are your kids or grandchildren will love it.