Welcome to our second Nature Blog. Parks are open and teaming with life so I want to take you with me on an interactive exploration of the natural world. I will be visiting Huron Natural Area in this post filled with fun facts, activities and craft ideas. So let’s get started.
The day and night skies are filled with the flutter of wings from our native moths and butterflies. All through the spring, summer and fall there is colour and movement as eggs are laid, caterpillars munch through leaves, grasses and plants, then pupate to become moths or butterflies.
Have fun this summer and when you are out exploring nature look for caterpillars and moths or butterflies and count how many different kinds you can find.
It all starts with an egg that hatches into a small caterpillar, which grows until it makes a chrysalis or cocoon and begins the transformation.
Fun Facts on Butterflies and Moths
- Butterflies taste with their feet
- Butterflies and moths live from a week to over a year
- The Mourning Cloak Butterfly lives over a year and does not migrate
- There are over 5000 species of moths and 302 of butterflies in Canada
- The largest moth and caterpillar is called a Cecropia
- Some caterpillars like the Spiny Oakworm caterpillars have hollow spines that contain a small amount of poison to save them from being eaten. Do not touch them or they can sting.
- Monarch caterpillars warn predators to stay away with their yellow, white and green stripes. They feed on milkweed which is poisonous to other insects and creatures.
- Moths come in many sizes and shapes and look like hummingbirds, bees, wasps and flowers. Below is a photo of the Clearwing Hummingbird moth.
Moth vs Butterfly Identification
What kind of butterflies and moths did you see on your walk? Compare them to the pictures on this activity sheet from Royal Botanical Gardens and see if you can figure out which ones are moths or butterflies.
Pop-Up Butterfly Craft
Take a walk and look for all the amazing colours and patterns of butterflies and moths in your neighbourhood. Then gather some markers, crayons a cup and craft stick to make this fun pop-up butterfly craft. You can find the instructions on the Kindergarten Worksheets and Games website.
Billie’s Book Picks
The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs: Discover Amazing Butterflies, Moths, Spiders, Dragonflies, and Other Insects! by Judy Burris and Wayne Richards
Never before has it been so much fun to go exploring in our backyards and parks. The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs has amazing photos and even more amazing facts and details about the lives of bugs that share our natural world. Once you know where to look you will be amazed at what you can discover. Request it from the library.
Creepy, Crawly Caterpillars by Margerty Facklam
This beautifully illustrated book takes us through the amazing journey of a caterpillars life. From egg to caterpillar, then cocoon or chrysalis and, lastly, emerging as a moth or butterfly. The use of large illustrations with bursts of fascinating facts will keep you turning the pages. Take this book home today!
I would love to hear what you find on your nature walks.! Let me know in the comments below, and email your photos to email@example.com to display your creations.