People of all ages, from children to grandparents, participate
in a butterfly count to provide population data about a variety
Students are introduced to a variety of butterflies, their basic
needs, and how a yearly survey is used to help them survive successfully.
Length: 7:40 Grade level: 4-7
The "Tiny Creatures: Butterfly Count" video program and
curriculum guide provide opportunities for students to learn:
- The purpose of the annual butterfly count.
- The appearance and identification of common local butterflies.
- Human interactions that help or harm butterflies.
- The role of butterflies in the food chain.
American Butterfly Count
Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden
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insect with four usually brightly colored wings
camouflage: coloring on animals or plants that helps them
blend into their surroundings
food chain: grouping of living things in a community in
which each member feeds on the member below it in the chain
habitat: place where a plant or animal usually lives
insect: small animal with three pairs of legs, three body
parts and, usually, a pair of wings
invertebrate: animal without a backbone
lepidoptery: study of butterflies and moths
moth: a relative of the butterfly with nocturnal habits,
a fatter body, hairlike antennae, and a structure called the frenulum
that holds the front and back wings together
population: total number of organisms in one place
predator: animal that hunts and eats other animals
prey: animal that is hunted or eaten by other animals
riparian: area located on the bank of a natural waterway
species: group of living things that are the same in many