I recently treated myself to a ‘Butterfly swatch book’ from the wonderful Woodland Trust.
It has the details of the 28 species of butterfly most likely to be found in woodland. There is a separate card for each butterfly with a full colour illustration on the front and details of habitat, diet and behaviour on the back.
The cards can be fanned out so that the details of several butterflies can be seen at once. I tried it out on my walk yesterday and, as well as an orange tip managed to see these butterflies
However, I was dissapointed not to find details if the other butterlies that I saw (red admirals and peacocks). I realise that this is because they are less likely to be seen in woodland. However, these are some of the butterflies most likely to be seen by a child using this book so it was a pity that they weren’t there.
This slight dissapointment apart, I think that this would be very easily accesible to young children. It was a good size to hold in the hand and the images could be quickly flicked through to find the an image to match the butterfly that one has just seen. This made it easier to use than a more conventional field guide and a great introduction to identifying wildlife.