Butterflies often have brightly coloured wings with unique patterns made up of tiny scales.Scientists estimate that there are between 15000 and 20000 different species of butterfly.
Birdwing butterflies have large, angular wings and fly in a similar way to birds. Monarch butterflies are known for their long migration.
Skippers are natural sprinters. They can reach speeds of up to 37 miles per hour and have some of nature’s fastest reflexes.
Butterflies are flying insects with large scaly wings. Like all insects, they have six jointed legs and three body parts: the head, the thorax and the abdomen.
The Palos Verdes Blue is the rarest butterfly in the world. Unlike moths, butterflies are active during the day and are usually brightly coloured or strikingly patterned.
However, butterflies do more than just paint a pretty picture. They help flowers pollinate, eat plenty of weedy plants and provide a food source for other animals.
There are approximately 20,000 species of butterflies in the world. There are no real pink butterflies in nature, because pink is a color that is very difficult to produce by any organism.
Males will die 6-8 weeks after using up all their sperm mating with a succession of females. Similarly the female will die after she has laid all her eggs – usually between 300 and 400 although one monarch laid over 1,000 eggs!
There are many species of “rainbow butterflies” and they live in different places around the world.
The different colours and patterns that butterflies can see are invisible to the human eye. This is because their eyes are better at picking up fast moving objects and they can distinguish ultraviolet and polarised light, which the human eye cannot. … This will imitate how butterflies actually see the world.
Milkweed is a poisonous plant which contains toxins. The monarch butterfly is poisonous and the animals that eat it get very sick and vomit. Generally, it does not cause death, but it is harmful. These animals remember these brightly coloured butterflies that they will avoid it in future.
Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches. Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.
Butterflies don’t bite because they can‘t. Caterpillars munch on leaves and eat voraciously with their chewing mouthparts, and some of them do bite if they feel threatened. But once they become butterflies, they only have a long, curled proboscis, which is like a soft drinking straw—their jaws are gone.
If a butterfly does get wet, it simply stays still until the water evaporates off their body. Butterflies often bask in the sun to dry their wings.
Some butterflies such as the Monarch and Pipevine Swallowtail eat poisonous plants as caterpillars and are poisonous themselves as adult butterflies. Birds learn not to eat them.