A “super bloom” of wildflowers has attracted millions of Painted Lady butterflies to swarm Southern California in recent weeks. I was out walking my dogs when a swarm of these delicate little creatures rode the breeze through my neighborhood. It was beautiful. What a wonderful coincidence that I had just received my review copy of Beautiful Press-Out Flying Butterflies, a gorgeous book containing twenty four “scrupulously accurate” butterfly images, descriptions of each, along with folding instructions.
Created by Richard Merrill, a former aerospace design engineer, Beautiful Press-Out Flying Butterflies is a great resource for those interested in learning how to identify the butterflies around them, learn a little more about the world around us and have a little fun along the way. I learned that the Painted Ladies I had been enjoying are common across the United States, Northern Mexico and Southern Canada. I learned that Monarchs’ favorite food is milkweed, which make these creatures taste bitter, thus keeping predators away. And, sadly, I learned that the Diana Fritillary, found from Missouri to Georgia, are dying out because of human development.
Each butterfly page has an assembly illustration. You’ll need scotch tape and a nickel for each flyer. I assembled my Monarch butterfly and took it outside for a test flight. It flew as promised and I can see where this would be a great activity for those of you with children or grandchildren.
I highly recommend Beautiful Press-Out Flying Butterflies for anyone interested in butterflies, nature and creativity. It is a publication of Dover Publications and retails for $9.99US.