Flutterbys and Fluttery Nights


This poem uses creative language to describe butterflies (Flutterbys) and moths (Flutterby Nights) and provides an important opportunity for children to see how poetry uses creative language to describe things in the world. Inspired by a discussion with children about how butterflies should really be called “flutterbys” because that’s what they do—they flutter by, the author provides a short descriptive poem of these amazing insects.


Before sharing with children that the poem is about butterflies and moths, teachers and parents should read the poem slowly and carefully and see if children can figure out what insects the narrator describes. Teachers and parents can use this poem as an opportunity to discuss both creative language use in poetry and writing in general and the insects themselves. This poem would be a great addition to a unit on butterflies and moths.


  • Create an activity where children are provided a list of things they see and experience in the every day world and see if they can use creative language to describe or “rename” the items. Have students share their ideas and draw a picture to accompany their favorite renaming.
  • Read poems and books on butterflies and moths and follow up with some science study involving raising a butterfly from a caterpillar.
  • Choose another children’s author who uses creative language to describe everyday things and have students look for specific creative language that appeals most to them.

Further Study:

Research a specific type of butterfly or moth for an in-depth study. For example, a class could study the Monarch butterfly, learn about its journey, and explore issues related to the environment that are impacting the survival of this beautiful animal.

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