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Printable Craft: Painted Lady Butterfly


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!

Open Painted Lady Printable

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.

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  1. Hi Kimberly!

    Thank you so much for sharing these amazing crafts with us. My little 4 year old is really into science and biology and asks every day to learn about a new animal or creature. We came upon this site as we were learning about sea turtles and started off with your sea turtle craft. Now, we’ve moved on to alligators. I know for sure that we’ll be using this site a lot as we learn about all the other animals, especially the ones you have shared with the public. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping my little one love learning. I so appreciate you!


  2. I’d love to tell you how appreciative it is of you to share the butterfly prints….its nice to be able to search and print something that we can do instantly once we’ve been talking about something! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

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