Butterflies {Free Download}

Butterflies {Free Download}

Butterflies {Free Download}

“Butterflies” is the subject of the August 2, 1915, free public domain issue of The Mentor, a twice-a-month publication from the Mentor Association for the purpose of giving its members:

in an interesting and attractive way, the information in various fields of knowledge which everybody wants to have. The information is imparted by interesting reading matter, prepared under the direction of leading authorities, and by beautiful pictures, produced by the most highly perfected modern processes.

The “Butterflies” issue was written by Dr. W. J. Holland, who at the time was the director of the Carnegie Institute. The issue tells of his start in butterfly collecting and how that led him to learn all that he could about butterflies (he wrote at least two books on the subject). This part of the issue covers:

  • Why study butterflies.
  • How butterflies are organized.
  • How caterpillars transform into butterflies.
  • The migration of butterflies.

Then the issue takes a look at various types of butterflies:

  • Painted lady.
  • Sulpher.
  • Admiral.
  • Swallowtail.
  • Skipper.
  • Others.

Beautiful color plates from Dr. Holland’s The Butterfly Book are included, along with several other illustrations.

This is an easy way to learn more about butterflies and how to identify them. And it’s free!


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  • Create a butterfly notebook.
  • Find your own quotations about butterflies to copy into the front of your butterfly notebook.
  • Print or copy the illustration in Fig. 5 in your notebook. Explain each stage of transformation. (You can easily print the illustrations at Gutenberg. Right-click on the image and select “view image.”)
  • Draw or illustrate the chrysalis of the monarch butterfly shown in Fig. 6.
  • Include the caterpillar of the monarch shown in Fig. 8.
  • Create a page for each butterfly mentioned.
  • See how many of the butterflies in your notebook you can find where you live.
  • Create a butterfly garden to attract butterflies to your area.


Additional Resources

Butterflies Coloring BookButterflies Coloring Book
One of Dover’s nature coloring books featuring “fact-filled captions” and the butterflies in their natural habitats.

Free Nature Studies: Butterflies & Moths
You’ll find all kinds of suggestions, activities, books, lapbooks, and notebooking pages in this section of our free nature studies!

How to Make Butterfly Gardens
Help at the University of Kentucky.

Nature Journal Pages
Notebooking pages to help create a butterfly notebook.