The Butterfly and the Ants

Kate McCabe
Illustrated by Nicole Berlach
August 2022
More details
  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    2nd August 2022
  • ISBN 9781486313471
  • Language English
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 9.84" x 9.84"
  • Images color illus throughout

Follow a caterpillar named Blue, as he lives out one of nature's everyday miracles.

A tiny caterpillar begins its journey towards becoming a magnificent butterfly.

The Butterfly and the Ants tells the wonderful true story of a butterfly's lifecycle. "Blue" might seem an odd name for a small caterpillar, but follow him as he meets some welcoming ants, produces honey, and undergoes an amazing transformation. You'll also discover how he gets his name!

Beautifully illustrated, this engaging story offers an insight into the fascinating relationships between plants, butterflies and ants.

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 6 to 9.


  • Connects kids to the caterpillars, butterflies, and ants they might see in gardens and parks.
  • Explains the lifecycle of a caterpillar and how they turn into butterflies.
  • Explores the fascinating symbiotic relationship between butterflies and ants.

Kate McCabe

Kate McCabe grew up exploring the bushland of Eltham, Victoria, which led to her enduring love and fascination for living things both big and small. With degrees in zoology and teaching, Kate now works in conservation education.

Nicole Berlach

Nicole Berlach has been drawing for as long as she can remember. She is trained in scientific illustration, which informs the art she creates, celebrating her unique Australian environment. She exhibits regularly and her work can be found at her website (external link).

butterflies; ants; entomology; lepidopterology; ecology; insects; insect biology