Fluttering Through the Rain Forest

Naturalist and explorer Steve Fratello visited third-graders at Bowling Green Elementary School to educate them about exotic butterflies and moths with his spectacular collection.

Displaying his shadowboxes filled with tropical specimens from the Amazon, Caribbean and Central America, Mr. Fratello described the anatomy, climate and habitat of these creatures. Students learned that butterflies communicate through their bright wing colors, identify as male and female with their wingspan and use their antennae to smell.   

Mr. Fratello also shared pictures of his expeditions to tropical rain forests in Australia, Costa Rica, New Guinea and Peru, where he had researched and witnessed magnificent butterflies and moths.