Automata are mechanical artpieces that achieve a series of lifelike movements using a variety of clever mechanisms. Cranks, gears, wheels, cams and linkages are used to mimic the simple flowing beauty found in nature.
As the crank is turned, the butterfly will begin to gracefully flap its wings while information about the lifecycle of a butterfly is presented in a series of illustrated panels.
Detailed, full color instructions guide the builder through each step of construction. The kit is laser cut from select hardwoods and cabinet grade plywood. It is beautifully detailed and has been designed to create a heirloom piece that you will be proud to display for years to come. The finished kit measures 15.2cm(6") x 15.2cm(6") x 30.4cm(12").
The monarch butterfly is considered an important pollinator species, and can be easily recognized by the black, orange and white pattern on its wings.
The eastern North American monarch butterfly is well known for migrating from the United States and Canada to Mexico. During the fall migration, monarchs cover thousands of miles, returning north in the spring, taking several generations to do so.