Painted lady butterfly © Steve Herring. CC-BY-ND 2.0.

Classification: Insect

Groups can be encouraged to choose animals of different classes (reptiles, amphibians, mammals, etc.).

E-books and some videos are available free-of-charge for teachers via a one-time subscription at the Epic! website.

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  • Websites


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    Monarch Butterfly

    In-depth profile of monarchs, with basic facts about the insect.

    Painted Lady

    General information about painted lady butterflies, as well as printable information sheets, sequencing cards, and a life cycle booklet.

    Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

    Contains a wealth of information about and images of painted lady butterflies and sighting locations across the U.S.

    The Butterfly Life Cycle!

    Transformation in pictures, from caterpillar to butterfly.

  • Videos

    Butterflies for Kids (8:07)

    News format video about butterflies. (YouTube)

    How a Caterpillar Becomes a Butterfly (3:57)

    Animated and live action short about butterfly metamorphosis. (YouTube)

    The Amazing Monarch Butterfly (1:15)

    Slow motion video of monarch butterflies in flight, information about their life cycle and migration. (YouTube)

    Monarch Butterfly Metamorphosis (2:42)

    Extreme close-up video of late instar monarch caterpillar, from feeding to pupation to emergence. (YouTube)

  • Portal Texts

    La Mariposa

    by Francisco Jimenez

    ISBN-13: 978-0618073177 (F&P level: P)

    The Lamb and the Butterfly

    by Arnold Sungaard

    ISBN-13: 9780545443265 (F&P level: P)
  • Research Books

    Born to be a Butterfly

    by Karen Wallace

    ISBN-13: 978-0756662813 (F&P level: I)

    Caterpillar to Butterfly

    by Laura Marsh

    ISBN-13: 978-1426309205 (F&P level: K)

    Butterflies (Explore My World)

    by Marfe Ferguson Delano

    ISBN-13: 978-1426316999 (F&P level: L)

    Flutter, Butterfly!

    by Shelby Alinsky

    ISBN-13: 978-1426321177 (F&P level: F)

    From Caterpillar to Butterfly

    by Gerald Legg

    ISBN-13: 978-0531153321 (F&P level: L)

    Great Migrations Butterflies

    by Laura Marsh

    ISBN-13: 978-1426307393 (F&P level: O)

    Monarch Butterfly

    by Gail Gibbons

    ISBN-13: 978-0823409099 (F&P level: N)

    Monarch Butterfly (Life Cycles)

    by David M. Schwartz

    ISBN-13: 978-1574715798
  • E-books on GetEpic.com


    by Wendy Perkins

    (F&P level: M)

    Caterpillar to Butterfly (National Geographic Readers)

    by Laura Marsh

    (F&P level: K)

    Monarch Butterflies

    by Gail Gibbons

    (F&P level N)

    Monarch Butterfly Migration

    by Kari Schuetz

    (F&P level: N)

    The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

    by Colleen Sexton

    (F&P level: O)
  • Virtual Field Trips

    The Butterfly Conservatory

    Offers several videos that can take your class on a virtual tour of the conservatory in Costa Rica.