04265_000_017[God] hath made every thing beautiful (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Butterflies are one of Heavenly Father’s most colorful creations. Find out what butterflies can teach us about being reverent. Then look for the butterfly species at the bottom of these pages. Try coloring some of your own to match them. Or create your own imaginary species!
Monarch: Millions of these big butterflies fly thousands of miles to spend the winter in Mexico. They live in North America, Australia, and New Zealand.
Cairns Birdwing: This is the largest butterfly that lives in Australia. It is 6 inches (16 cm) across. It is black with white patches. Males have little flashes of emerald-green coloring.
Eastern Tailed-Blue: These dime-sized butterflies fly very fast. When the sun goes behind a cloud they close their wings. They are common in the eastern U.S.
Common Buckeye: This species lives in the southern United States and in California. It gets its name from the eye-shaped spots on its wings. These spots keep birds from eating it.
Green Hairstreak: This small butterfly lives throughout England and Ireland. It always rests with its wings closed, showing their bright green undersides.
Illustrations by Julie F. Young