Butterfly Facts for Kids

Learn more about the amazing animal that is the butterfly with this list of butterfly facts for kids, including a free PDF that you can print out and put on your wall.

With their distinctive colours and huge wings, butterflies are often a source of fascination for children. They tend to be depicted as symbols of freedom in fantasy stories, and their transformation from egg to caterpillar to butterfly is a story in itself.

There are some amazing facts that your children can learn about butterflies. We have gathered together 10 of the best and put them into a list. What’s more, you can download the list as a printable PDF by scrolling down to the bottom of the page. So, without further ado, here are our top 10 butterfly facts for kids!

10 Facts About Butterflies

1. Butterflies flap their wings about five times every second

That’s right. It sounds fast – and it is – but it’s nothing compared to the Hummingbird, which flaps its wings around 100 times per second.

2. There are around 28,000 species of butterflies in the world

If you wanted to see all of them, you would have to discover 10 per day for 7 1/2 years – without missing a day!

3. They are found on all continents apart from Antarctica

Butterflies prefer warmer weather, and so are not suited to the cold climate of Antarctica.

4. Butterflies use the antennae on their head to feel, hear & smell

They are also used to tell butterflies what time of day it is.

5. They start life as an egg before changing into a caterpillar, then butterfly

A butterfly’s life cycle has 4 stages: egg, larva, pupa and butterfly. The process from egg to butterfly takes around a month, depending on the species.

6. The average lifespan of a butterfly is between 3 days & 11 months

It’s something which is also dependent on the species of the butterfly. Being at the bottom of the food chain means that  the butterfly has a lot of predators, unfortunately.

7. Female butterflies are bigger and live longer than males

Whilst male butterflies spend most of their time searching for a female mate, females spend their time finding a place to lay their eggs.

8. Butterflies actually have four wings

Although butterflies look like they have two wings, they actually have four wings in two pairs.

9. Butterflies see colours that humans can’t see

They see colours very differently to us, and unlike humans can make out UV rays from the sun amongst other colours.

10. Some butterflies can fly as fast as 37 miles per hour

The Skipper butterfly can go as fast as a horse, with reaction speeds that are twice as fast as those of a human.


Free Printable PDF

You can download this list of facts as a printable PDF by clicking the image below. Printing it out and sticking it on your wall is a way to continue the learning process for kids outside of the classroom.

Butterfly Facts for Kids

Further Reading

If these butterfly facts for kids have grabbed you or your kids’ interest, why not learn more about them with the My First Discoveries Butterfly book? Suitable for children aged between 4 and 6, it is packed full of beautiful drawings that really bring the story of the butterfly to life.

My First Discoveries Butterfly

Reading non fiction books with your children can get them interested in learning from a young age. The My First Discoveries children’s books cover a wide range of topics, making learning fun through vivid illustrations and interactive elements. You can view the full series by visiting the Moonlight Publishing website.