Butterfly Projects

Try some of the projects listed below to grow live butterflies, to witness the butterfly life-cycle or just simply watch and admire the world of butterflies in action.

Homemade Butterfly Feeders - Click on 'Homemade Butterfly Feeders' to view this fun project.


Build a Butterfly Garden

Would you like to build your own butterfly garden? Turn your garden into a butterfly paradise by doing some of the following suggestions:

Butterflies need warmth, shelter and nectar.  There are several things you can do to attract butterflies into your garden. Different species of butterflies prefer different types of nectar. The food plants that you choose will determine the types of butterflies that will come to your garden. Leave dandelions to grow in your garden as butterflies like dandelions.  Plant wild flowers for butterflies to visit.

Sunny spots are good for the plants as well as butterflies.  Butterflies will avoid shady areas in your garden so be sure to place your butterfly plants in the sunny areas. Leave a bowl filled with a sweet liquid for butterflies.

Trees and shrubs provide butterflies with the shelter they need.

Life Cycle Growth Observation Project - Have a go at observing the life cycle of a butterfly in your own home.  Click on the 'Life Cycle Growth Observation Project' above to find out how.


Rearing Butterflies

There are several different types of butterfly kits on the market. These make great projects for children to enjoy. It is also a great school project for the whole class to participate in. The children will be so excited on school arrival - to see what has happened overnight, and they will be sure to look in the habitat before going home (to see what has developed during the day).

From Live Butterfly Pavilion Kits, Live Butterfly Garden Kits, Butterfly Culture Kits, Butterfly Houses to Butterfly Feeders. These kits can be purchase any time of the year. With these kits you can raise butterflies and then release then into the wild.

The butterfly habitats are a see-through mesh with a zipped area for ease of care and feeding. They usually come with butterfly larvae and special food for feeding. The habitat is re-usable and therefore you can re-order the refill kits.


Butterfly Face Painting

Whether you are out for dinner or visiting an attraction (zoo, fair, carnival) with your children, most of these types of events offer face painting for the little ones. Most children enjoy having their face painted. The next time your child askes to have his/her face painted, check to see if the painter can design a beautifully colored butterfly on your childs' face.


Caterpillar Detection

Things you will need:

Small container
Magnifying glass
Note pad

Go in search of a caterpillar. Once you have found a caterpillar, very carefully place the caterpillar in your container by removing it from the leaf that it may be on using a twig or stick. Try very hard not to touch it with your hands.

Place the leaf that it was on in your container and add a few more of the same plant in your container with the caterpillar.

Take note of how much of the leave has been eaten by the caterpillar. Using your magnifying glass look closely at the caterpillar and write down:

  1. What colors is the caterpillar?
  2. How long is the caterpillar?
  3. How many legs does the caterpillar have?
  4. How many eyes does the caterpillar have?
  5. Is the caterpillars’ body smooth, fluffy, or hairy?
  6. How many sections or segments is the caterpillars’ body?
  7. Does it have any stingers?

Can you identify what butterfly this caterpillar will turn into?

Once you have finished all your inspection of the caterpillar be sure to release it back into its environment. If you can it is best to replace it in the same spot in which you collected it from.