Butterfly playing cards – fun and educational

With help from my artistic friend, Amanda J. Cawby, I have created a set of butterfly playing cards that I hope will combine learning and fun. I would like to encourage kids of all ages to learn to identify and appreciate our native butterflies.

When I know the name of a plant, bird, butterfly, etc., I’m more likely to notice it and connect with it in a different way. There’s a big difference for me between “there goes a big orange butterfly” and “there goes a monarch!”

This deck of cards contains 22 pairs of common Kentucky butterflies that I have photographed in our backyard in Lexington, Kentucky. These butterflies can also be found in most of the eastern United States. The cards are packaged in a clear plastic case, and come with tips for how you can help butterflies, and directions for playing games like “Go Fish,”  Monarch (similar to “Old Maid”), and Memory/Concentration. They can also be used as flash cards.

Butterfly card game graphic

To order, please send your name, address, and phone number, with a check for $15 per set (includes taxes and shipping) to:

Betty Hall Photography
224 Leawood Dr.
Lexington, KY 40502

As of November 1, cards will also be available at Good Foods Market and Café, 455 Southland Dr. in Lexington.  

These cards make great stocking stuffers or birthday gifts for grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or friends. I like to think of adults using these cards with children as one way to encourage them to enjoy nature and being outdoors.

Tagging a monarch

I finally saw monarchs in the backyard in late August. Soon after that, I found several small caterpillars on my tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) and butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa). I brought the caterpillars inside, and they eventually made chrysalises. Recently the first butterfly emerged. The dark spots on the lower wings indicated it was a male.

photo by Amanda Cawby
Photo by Amanda Cawby

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