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How to Make a Learn About Butterflies Day with Butterfly Coloring Pages, Pictures and Facts

Updated on June 15, 2014

Butterflies for Kids

Learn about butterflies!

Butterflies delight people young and old because of their beauty and grace. Here we'll explore some butterfly facts for kids along with having some coloring fun. I've also got some cool butterfly pictures to share.

These flying insects are found almost everywhere in the world. The only place they won't be found are in really cold areas.

Want to know how to attract butterflies? I'll cover that, too. For now, let's start at the beginning. Butterflies aren't born as butterflies. They start as caterpillars.

Butterflies image by Dr. F. Nemos at Wikimedia Commons.

Butterfly Stages of Life

There are four stages in a butterfly's life. The first stage is an egg. When the egg hatches, out comes a caterpillar, which is the second stage..

In the third stage, the caterpillar begins a transformation. In this stage it becomes a pupa. You might also know this as a chrysalis.

In the fourth and final stage, a butterfly emerges.

Caterpillar photo by earl53 at morgueFile.

Caterpillar Coloring Page

Caterpillar image courtesy of WPClipart.

Butterfly and Chrysalis

Here you'll see a brand new butterfly who just emerged from its chrysalis.

Chrysalis image by hotblack at morgueFile.

Butterfly Body Parts

A butterfly's body is divided into three parts. The top part is the head. This has its eyes and antenna. The second part is the thorax. It has the butterfly's legs and wings. The bottom part is the abdomen. This contains the butterfly's digestive and reproductive organs.

Butterfly Coloring Sheet

Butterrfly image by Pearson Scott Foresman and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by user Qwertyytrewqqwerty.

Attracting Butterflies

If you want to attract butterflies to your yard, plant some flowers with delicious nectar. Butterflies love the taste of nectar and this will draw them to you.

Butterfly Coloring Image

Image by Pearson Scott Foresman and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by user Qwertyytreqqwerty.

Learn About Butterflies Day

Did you know there's an actual holiday to celebrate learning about butterflies? It's called Learn About Butterflies Day and it's celebrated on March 14. The origins of the holiday are unknown. Of course, you don't need a holiday to celebrate butterflies. You can celebrate learning about butterflies whenever you want, but isn't it cool there's a special holiday for it? Let's look at some ways to celebrate!

Butterfly Poll

Have you ever celebrated Learn About Butterflies Day before?

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Butterfly Song and Lyrics

Here's a cute butterfly song for kids.

Butterfly Book for Kids

Here's a fun butterfly book that features The Cat in the Hat.

My, Oh My--A Butterfly!: All About Butterflies (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
My, Oh My--A Butterfly!: All About Butterflies (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)

This book takes kids from the egg and goes through the different life stages until a butterfly emerges.

 

Butterfly Books

These items are on eBay.

Butterfly Garden

Insect Lore Original Butterfly Garden with Voucher
Insect Lore Original Butterfly Garden with Voucher

Raise your own butterflies! I've personally had this and the whole family loved it.

 

Butterfly Walk

If possible, go for a butterfly walk. Find as many different colored butterflies as you can. Bring along some binoculars in order to see them better. If there's a camera handy, try taking some pictures of them.

Vote for your favorite butterfly picture!

Beautiful Butterfly Pictures - Red Butterfly Picture

Red butterfly image by earl53 at morgueFile.

Yellow Butterfly Picture

Image by rollingroscoe at morgueFile.

White Butterfly Picture

Image by juditu at morgueFile.

Green Butterfly Picture

Image by doctor_bob at morgueFile.

Blue Butterfly Picture

Butterfly image by Charles M. Wrenn III at morgueFile.

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Butterfly Game for Kids

Here's a simple butterfly game. To begin, print out one butterfly coloring sheet from above per child playing the game. Let kids color and decorate them.

Cut out the butterfly images and glue each one onto a Popsicle stick. Allow time for them to dry. Take a large bowl, preferably plastic or stainless steel, and place it on the floor. Have kids stand about 10 feet away. (The length can be adjusted to accommodate the age of the kids playing.)

Have kids try to toss, (make the butterfly "fly") into the bowl. After 5 tries, whoever gets the most butterflies into the bowl wins!

Image by WPClipart.

Butterfly Poster

Butterfly Spirit - Fuzzy Velvet Die-Cut Hanging Attitude
Butterfly Spirit - Fuzzy Velvet Die-Cut Hanging Attitude

Don't you love the vibrant colors on this poster? It can be hung when completed.

 

Butterfly Posters

These are on eBay.

Butterflies have 4 wings and 6 legs.

Butterfly Clipart

Butterfly image courtesy of WPClipart.

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

Butterfly Toys

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Bixie Butterfly Toy Binoculars for Kids
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Bixie Butterfly Toy Binoculars for Kids

Kids can search for butterflies with these adorable binoculars.

 

What do you think about butterflies?

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @TransplantedSoul: I prefer them alive, too.

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      TransplantedSoul 3 years ago

      I like butterflies, but see so many less than I used to as a kid. I hope that they come back. My sister used to collect them (catch, kill, mount) - I much prefer to see them alive.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @takkhisa: How pretty your picture must be.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @rawwwwwws lm: Thank you!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Last week i took a beautiful butterfly picture, it was yellow color. Here i can see beautiful butterflies, thanks a lot for showing these photos.

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @DeborahDian: That's so sweet of you to say.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @DeborahDian: That's so sweet of you to say.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: Aren't they?

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Butterfiles are gorgeous, and your lens pays them great tribute!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      They are very beautiful

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I absolutely adore them. You've captured them so perfectly. Great lens!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Mystico: How awesome about having a butterfly house at the zoo.

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      Mystico 4 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed your nice lens, here. Lots of good links. The Blue Butterfly is what I use as a logo for my young adult publishing imprint - "King Lapis Lepidopterous Books". We have a butterfly house at the Minnesota Zoo, and during the Minnesota State Fair, as well - which features the Blue Morpho, mostly. Very cool place for kids and adults.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @atsikplornu1: Their designs are so beautiful.

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      @sukkran trichy: I appreciate that sukkran.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @sukkran trichy: I appreciate that sukkran.

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      atsikplornu1 4 years ago

      I like their colors and how God even designs them. Thanks.!!! atsikplornu1

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      stunning pictures. very impressive.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @JJNW: You're so sweet!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: How wonderful you were able to spot one.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      I love them and came back to give you a ***SquidAngel Blessing*** for such a pretty page!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      They are beautiful creatures. I have just seen one yellow swallowtail (I hope I translated that right) today - you have it on one of your photos under yellow butterfly. It was short but nice view:)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @AnimalHouse: They really are.

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. Butterflies are really pretty.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      They're amazing and beautiful.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @whats4dinner: Yes they are.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Frednun1965: There really is such a large variety of butterflies out there.

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      Fred Alb 5 years ago from Uruguay

      In my adolescence I had a collection of butterflies from Uruguay, where I live.I never thought I had so much variety, I really surprised and also learned a lot. Even discovered a completely translucent butterfly wings and pink body.Very strange! Currently not return to catch even one, because of the destruction caused by pollution and so on. Excellent information on your lens, thanks!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thanks Josh!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Wedding Mom: They truly are.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderful, colorful lens - gotta love butterflies! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Butterflies are beautiful and majestic.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Ruthi: Thanks for stopping by.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Ajeet: Yes and so beautiful.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @UKGhostwriter: What a great place it must be to visit.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @mbgphoto: How kind of you to volunteer. Thanks for your blessing and link!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Ajeet: Really? Thanks for letting me know. Interesting!

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I like the butterfly game!

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      You can watch a butterfly for hours and never get tired. They are such dainty creatures.

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Stunning lens, we have a massive butterfly centre that has just opened close to where I live.

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Stunning lens, we have a massive butterfly centre that has just opened close to where I live.

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      They are beautiful creatures. I volunteer at our local butterfly house and it is wonderful to see tropical butterflies throughout the world. Blessed and linked to my butterfly lenses.

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      This lens has one of the longest filenames (in the URL) that I have ever seen :)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @VeseliDan: Thank you so much!

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      These photos are so beautiful. I love butterflies! *blessed*

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Camden1: I like it!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      All these beautiful images of butterflies put me in a summery mood!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: They're so beautiful.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I absolutely adore butterflies (as evidenced in my new butterfly photo gallery lens). Thanks for all of these wonderful butterfly resources. I will definitely celebrate this holiday now. Thank you!

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      ninakreativa 5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Janis, I just did yesterday and thank you so much for visiting that lens before I had even told you about it :) Your lens about butterflies is truly amazing...the photos of the butterflies you chose are very beautiful and special.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @ninakreativa: I hope you write a lens about them when you're finished.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I love using pictures for teaching.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @karMALZEKE: Very nice of you to say.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Blackspaniel1: I had fun finding them.

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      @Stacy Birch: I appreciate that.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @JoyfulReviewer: Hope your day is butterfly happy!

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      @Srena44: Thanks for your visit!

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      @little tim: Thanks!

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      @little tim: Thanks for the compliment!

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      @KimGiancaterino: You, too!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @lilymom24: What a sweet book.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @designsbyharriet: I think they are beautiful, too.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @mommafox: Glad it's helpful.

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      @anonymous: Thank you.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Mauhro: Pretty cool holiday, isn't it?

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @top101: Glad that you like it.

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      @JJNW: So appreciated the Squidoo Angel blessings!

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      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      ninakreativa 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens! I am a huge fan of butterflies in any form and this lens has encouraged me to make some unique butterfly gifts :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is amazing, pictures teach us all.

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      karMALZEKE 5 years ago

      Love the images! Great toys for kids. Fun article.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Great pictures

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Great pictures

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Happy Learn About Butterflies Day. Love the gorgeous butterfly pics.

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      great lens

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      little tim 5 years ago

      this is a nice page

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Happy Learn About Butterflies Day!

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      My kids and I love butterflies and their favorite book used to be "The Hungry Caterpillar". Have never heard of Celebrate Butterflies Day but it certainly sounds like a fun one to celebrate. =)

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      Butterflies are the most beautiful insects nature created. Love your lens.

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      mommafox 5 years ago

      Thank you for all the great information!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures!

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      Hey! I learned something here today. I've seen Chrysalis hanging in the shrubs and trees around here but I didn't realize they were butterfly pods. Too cool! Now I'll have to pay closer attention next time I see some.

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      Mauhro 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. Blue butterfly is beautiful. Never heard of this holiday.

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      top101 5 years ago

      Suck a beautiful lens!

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      I LOVE butterflies and this lens and I am awfully fond of YOU. lol - adorable lens! *** Blessed! ***

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this lens!

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      Pat Moire 5 years ago from West Village, New York City

      Such a colorful selection of lepidoptera. Still time to plan for Learn About Butterflies Day. March 14th will be a good day to tweet about butterflies.