Let’s Explore Butterflies ~ A Butterfly Unit Study for Kids

Are you planning a butterfly unit study? Let’s Explore Butterflies will be a great addition! Kids will be able to record their research about over 40 different butterflies on a special notebooking page for each butterfly featuring photographs!

Butterflies are beautiful and fascinating. While preparing this resource I learned so much. Did you know that the smallest butterfly is about the size of a fingernail? Did you know that there are six different families of butterflies and over 17,500 species worldwide?


In our homeschool, I have always loved simple and direct learning that is curiosity-based and not filled with busy work. I don’t print worksheets just to have something for my kids to do. If I print it, it’s for a reason. When I create new printables, I always keep this goal in mind and keep things as simple as possible. The lesson that you develop as a homeschooler will be filled with more than just what you’ll find here. I assume you are here on my blog, visiting this post because your child is interested in learning about butterflies and maybe you searched online to find resources for creating a butterfly unit study. If your child has a high interest, you can expand this butterfly-themed unit for weeks with tons of butterfly crafts, butterfly activities, butterfly games, butterfly books, and butterfly learning fun! Hopefully, this butterfly resource will give you a great place to begin!


You’ll definitely need to check out some books about butterflies from the library or buy some from Amazon to add to your kids’ book collection. I have created an extensive list featuring books about butterflies that your child can learn from. 

If you’re feeling super sweet, grab some butterfly toys so your child has little butterflies to explore with!


Feeling SUPER sweet, create an butterfly-themed sensory bin, even older kids get into these!

A few I found online:



Let’s Explore Butterflies includes a cover page in case you’d like to create a notebook {either using a binder with an option to insert a cover or by binding the pages with a binding machine}.


In addition to the butterfly books you add to this study, you’ll find a few printables included to add to your child’s research. I created these pages to insert at the beginning of your notebook as simple reference guides,

  • Interesting Facts About Butterflies
  • Butterfly Classification
  • Butterfly Life Cycle

Butterfly Family PHOTO COLLAGES

Six different photo collages for you to print and display during your butterfly unit.

  • Hesperiidae {Skippers} 
  • Lycaenidae {Blues & Hairstreaks}
  • Nymphalidae {Brush Footed}
  • Papilionidae {Swallowtail} 
  • Pieridae {Whites, Sulphurs, Yellows} 
  • Riodinidae {Metalmarks}


The core of this printable unit study is the individual pages for each butterfly. You’ll find 46 different pages each featuring the following:

  • Name of butterfly
  • Latin name of butterfly
  • photographs of butterfly
  • Recording lines for your child to write in the family, location and interesting facts.


  1. Arctic Skipper
  2. Large Skipper
  3. Peck’s Skipper
  4. Grizzled Skipper
  5. Long-Tailed Skipper
  6. Green Hairstreak
  7. Atala
  8. American Copper
  9. Adonis Blue
  10. Silver-studded Blue
  11. Gulf Fritillary
  12. Hackberry Emperor
  13. White Tiger
  14. Monarch 
  15. Zebra Longwing 
  16. Paper Kite
  17. Common Buckeye
  18. Blue Pansy
  19. Viceroy 
  20. Red-spotted Purple
  21. Blue Morpho
  22. White Morpho
  23. Mourning Cloak 
  24. Question Mark 
  25. Jewelled Newab
  26. Great Spangled Fritillary
  27. Red Admiral 
  28. Painted Lady 
  29. Pipevine Swallowtail
  30. Veined Jay
  31. Common Rose
  32. Giant Swallowtail 
  33. Tiger Swallowtail
  34. Two-tailed Swallowtail
  35. Black Swallowtail 
  36. Zebra Swallowtail 
  37. Orange Tip
  38. Orange Sulphur 
  39. Dappled White
  40. Cloudless Sulphur 
  41. Cabbage White 
  42. Duke of Burgundy
  43. Blue Metalmark
  44. Red-bordered Pixie
  45. Banner Metalmark
  46. Punchinello

More Butterfly Fun…


If you will be planning a butterfly unit study, I recommend grabbing our Busy Family Bundle featuring butterflies! You’ll find Let’s Explore Butterflies and all of our butterfly content in one ad-free webpage with simple download buttons. This is a major time-saver for busy families and helps you plan a unit study without wasting your valuable time searching online.

Many of the butterfly products included in the bundle are exclusive to the bundle and not available anywhere else on my site. Products that are released on my site or in my shop are linked individually below.

Butterfly Busy Family Bundle Includes:

Yup, if I create a new butterfly printable, I will add it to the private webpage!

Just want the Let’s Explore Butterflies Unit Study?

You can buy this in my shop here, and also download a free sample below!


I have a special free sample for all of you!


Click below to be taken to the page where you can download this free printable! Look for the word “Download” and click it!

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