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Butterfly in the Quantum World

Butterfly in the Quantum World


April 2, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

In Pursuit of the California Dogface Butterfly

Would love to see The Story of the Dogface Butterfly!

In Pursuit of the California Dogface Butterfly


February 10, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies

How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science
by Joyce Sidman

Everyone knows that butterflies come from caterpillars, right?

Not in the 17th century, they didn’t. How would they have known? Metamorphosis took place in hidden places. There were no books describing this process, or Monarch kits to send away for. Caterpillars were considered pests, and no one connected them to the beautiful “summer birds” that sailed through the air.

Only a very sharp-eyed and persistent person would be able to uncover such an extraordinary process, and only a person with artistic skill could document it in living color.

That person was Maria Sibylla Merian. An artist at a time when women weren’t allowed to be. A scientist before there were scientists. An adventurer who journeyed far and wide in search of the truth of metamorphosis.

Dive into this fully-illustrated account of her life: bursting with art, history and juicy details.


January 30, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Monarch Butterflies

The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly

Every fall, spectacular orange and black clouds of monarch butterflies fill the skies as they migrate from across North America to Central Mexico. West Coast populations make a similar though much shorter trip to coastal California. The National Wildlife Federation calls the monarch migration “one of the greatest natural phenomena in the insect world.” Not long ago, monarchs numbered in the billions, but in the last 20 years their population has dropped by 90%, due to habitat loss from pesticides, modern farming practices, urban development and other human activity. An estimated one million acres of habitat are lost each year.

But today, an army of citizen scientists, students and gardeners is engaged in restoring this beloved pollinator’s habitat – the wildflowers and milkweed and feeding corridors – so that one of nature’s most beautiful creatures will still be there for generations to come. And it starts in our own backyards.

The Monarch showcases this magnificent butterfly with eye-popping photos, fun facts about a monarch’s life cycle, and things to know about the vital role that pollinators play in our ecosystem. Monarch enthusiast and nature blogger Kylee Baumle provides “action” projects for all ages, from planting milkweed and wildflowers to making butterfly watering stations…to volunteer activism.


December 14, 2018 at 8:25 pm 1 comment

Summer Birds

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian
By Margarita Engle
Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

In the Middle Ages, people believed that insects were evil, born from mud in a process called spontaneous generation. Maria Merian was only a child, but she disagreed. She watched carefully as caterpillars spun themselves cocoons, which opened to reveal summer birds, or butterflies and moths. Maria studied the whole life cycle of the summer birds, and documented what she learned in vibrant paintings.

This is the story of one young girl who took the time to observe and learn, and in so doing disproved a theory that went all the way back to ancient Greece.

Maria Merian’s Butterflies: The Illustrated Story of How a 17th-Century Woman Forever Changed the Course of Science Through Art


May 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm 1 comment

Butterfly Ball

butterflyballButterfly Ball
by Roger Glover

The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast is a concept album and subsequent live rock opera appearing in 1974 and 1975 respectively, based on the children’s poem of a similar title. The album cover design is from Alan Aldridge’s design for a 1973 book based on the poem.


December 2, 2016 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast

the-butterfly-ball-and-the-grasshoppers-feastThe Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast

By William Plomer
Illustrated by Alan Aldridge

Renowned illustrator Alan Aldridge introduced the fantastical world of the Butterfly Ball in this breathtaking modern classic.


November 20, 2016 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

The Butterfly

June 1, 2015 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Monarch Butterfly amazing migration

October 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Fly Away

by Rebecca Troon
Audio: .mp3

A larvae crawls from a tiny egg
Munches milkweed leaves all day
She grows and grows, then sheds her skin
Her colors warn of poison within.

Oh, fly away
Fly we say
Everybody fly one day
The caterpillar can only crawl
But the butterfly flies away.

She stores her fat for a special day
Then forms herself in the shape of a “J”
Sheds to reveal a chrysalis
It’s time for her metamorphosis.

Tick tock, tick tock, twelve days pass
The butterfly comes out at last
She dries her wings, rests in a gum tree
Sips flower nectar oh so sweet.

She travels on for many days
Finds a mate and lays her eggs
Orange, black and white she flashes by
The lovely monarch butterfly


October 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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