As we learned while crafting the monarch butterfly, the painted lady also migrates to Mexico for the winter. We have had a lot of interaction with painted lady butterflies as of late. Lorelai’s teacher brought in caterpillars and the class got to watch them go from caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly. The children’s librarian at our favorite library also had a netted enclosure and displayed it so the children could watch the life cycle. (Check out my printable butterfly life cycle worksheet!) After story time one day, they took the butterflies outside and the kids got to release them. It was really neat!
As with the monarch butterfly’s printable, this one has the black areas on the wing colored in. After painting the orange sections, Lore went back and dabbed & blended in some round on the inside areas of the wings. A tip when gluing the craft together: glue the wings together first by slightly overlapping them at the center.. they are way too big and heavy to be glued separately to the body part. Print below!
Fun Facts About Painted Lady Butterflies:
Painted lady eggs are pale green.
Adult painted ladies sip sweet thistle and clover nectar.
They may be the most widespread butterfly on earth! They are found in North & South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa!
Adults only live around 2 weeks.