Friday, September 3, 2010

Butterfly Identification

We are seeing more butterflies on our out-of-control cosmos this year than ever before, and Tim and N. have spent much of this week watching and identifying them.  They've spotted Eastern Yellow Swallowtails, Gulf Fritillaries, Monarchs, Viceroys, and different kinds of Skippers.  N. has learned about the markings and shapes of the different kinds, and loves shouting out the name as soon as he identifies one.  They are using the excellent Butterflies Through Binoculars as their guide.  This activity appeals to N. because he loves categorizing things, and the immediacy of the butterflies in our yard makes identifying them far more compelling than simply reading about them would be.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice t-shirt!

Fanny Harville said...

He loves it, E. Thanks again!