Butterflies and Moths

Butterflies and moths are also very important in pollinating the plants, flowers and vegetables we need on Earth!

Jock usually sees butterflies when he’s looking at wildflowers, and at night time when he is sitting by his candle moths fly in to see him!

Can you tell the difference between moths and butterflies? Here’s how!

Butterfly or Moth?

Butterflies have four different life stages. During their short lifetime, they undergo a complete change, or metamorphosis. Each one begins life as an egg, hatches into a caterpillar, pupates into a chrysalis and then emerges as an adult. Butterflies need warmth to be active and fly, and they need to drink nectar for energy. Provide both, and you’ll have a butterfly haven. Try to plant plenty of different nectar plants that flower throughout spring, summer and autumn, in a sheltered, sunny spot.

So how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly? Watch these videos to find out.

Caterpillars - Minibeast Adventure (CBeebies)
How a Caterpillar Becomes a Butterfly

If you want to learn more about butterflies download the Butterfly Conservation Scotland's Butterflies of North East Scotland - An Identification Guide (PDF)

If you want to find out more about butterflies watch this video.

All About Butterflies: Butterfly Identification and Recording Workshop Presentation

To learn more about identifying butterflies and moths visit,

Butterfly Quiz: Many different butterflies can be seen in the UK. Here is a Great Quiz to see how many butterfly names you know and how to identify them.
Butterflies of North East Scotland Cover
Butterflies of North East Scotland - An Identification Guide (PDF)
Identify a Butterfly
Identify a Butterfly (Butterfly Conservation)
Grow Flowers for Butterflies
Grow Flowers for Butterflies (RSPB)
Butterfly Tales (Jackie Ross)

This is part of the Minibeasts and Pollinators information.