winged postman

This week I got to visit the Butterfly Conservatory at the Museum of Natural History with my daughter and her classmates for a field trip. The students are studying insects and this exhibit provided an opportunity for them to see living, fluttering, tropical butterflies up close. And guess who we met? The Small Postman butterfly, that’s who!

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Small postman butterflies are so beautiful and can be found in Central and South America. Apparently they taste bad. As caterpillars they feast on passion flowers, which fill them with toxic chemicals so predators are not interested. Kind of like that dog repellent that their human namesakes in the USPS carry?

 

bear the postman

letter for bear

 

I found the book, A Letter for Bear, by David Lucas at our local library. The VSM aligned title and the cute illustration style caught my eye. It reminded me of A Letter For Leo, as it is another children’s book about an animal postal worker who diligently delivers the mail yet does not receive mail himself. The two books end differently (sorry for the spoiler!) but clearly Bear and Leo need to find each other in a sequel. They were meant to be best friends and life long correspondents!