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A Butterfly’s Evening Adventure


A Butterfly’s Evening Adventure

Why are butterflies colored so brightly? And how are they different from moths? Explore these questions and more when you come along on A Butterfly’s Evening Adventure. Join Bella the Butterfly and Morty the Moth to learn how butterflies use all sorts of neat strategies such as blending, warning, and flash coloration to escape their predators. You will also learn how butterflies’ and moths’ bodies differ from each other. Not only will you be introduced to lots of beautiful butterfly and moth species, you will be able to learn more about the types that live near your home!

Mini-course is provided as a 33-page PDF, with a separate Science Tool Kit PDF to use to collect your badges

Prefer a printed mini-course? A Butterfly’s Evening Adventure is also available as a beautiful workbook here on

 Course Contents

  • Story: Bella the Butterfly Meets Morty the Moth. Stay out late with Bella the Butterfly and meet Morty and Luna (both moths). Find out how butterflies and moths are similar to each other in some ways, and different from each other in other ways.
  • Activity 1: Day or Night? How well can you distinguish a butterfly from a moth? Find out in this card-matching game.
  • Activity 2: Make a Butterfly or Moth. Using our species guides (or your imagination), color in the wing, body, and antennae outlines to create your own paper butterfly or moth.
  • Activity 3: Test Your Wings. BE a butterfly or moth! Use flash, blending, and warning coloration to escape from predators in this movement-based game.
  • Activity 4: Butterflies and Moths in Your Area. In this activity we guide you in using online resources to discover some of the butterflies and moths in your area. Use the provided Research Journal and Field Journal pages to make your own observations!
  • Curiosity Connector. Use these online resources to explore the world of butterflies and moths further.
  • Tools for Your Tool Kit. See if you can answer all the questions about butterflies and moths to earn Tools for your Science Tool Kit.
  • Glossary. Learn cool new butterfly, moth, and ecology definitions.

Concepts and Ideas

A Butterfly’s Evening Adventure includes the following Disciplinary Core Ideas as described in the Next Generation Science Standards: 

Structure and Function (LS1.A), Information Processing (LS1.D), Adaptation (LS4.C).

How to Purchase

After checking out and purchasing the mini-course via PayPal, you will receive an email from Be Naturally Curious with a link to download the mini-course PDF. Your PDF will be stamped with your name and transaction number. You will also receive a link to download a Science Tool Kit PDF.  Please print this and use it to collect your Tool badges.

Illustrations by Charlie Alolkoy.




A Butterfly’s Evening Adventure

Kira Freed

About Kira Freed

Kira Freed, M.A., is a children's writer and former archaeozoologist who discovered a mistake about dinosaurs in the World Book Encyclopedia when she was seven. She grew up in rural Ohio and learned from a young age to find comfort and inspiration in nature. Kira has written more than one hundred books for educational publishers, many about animals. She likes to encourage readers to try on the perspectives of different kinds of animals and hopes to motivate readers to help our planet achieve a better balance between human needs and the needs of other life forms. Kira lives in Arizona and enjoys traveling, seeing wildlife, making art, and taking long walks in nature.

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