Enjoy these 20 beautiful pictures of Butterflies and read on to learn something new about these winged insects with the fascinating facts we have listed below.
A butterfly’s life cycle is made up of four parts, egg, larva (caterpillars), pupa (chrysalis) and adult.
Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.
Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.
Most butterflies feed on nectar from flowers.
An adult butterfly will eventually emerge from the chrysalis where it will wait a few hours for its wings to fill with blood and dry, before flying for the first time.
Antarctica is the only continent on which no Lepidoptera have been found.
Butterflies attach their eggs to leaves with a special glue.
Butterflies and insects have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, called the exoskeleton. This protects the insect and keeps water inside their bodies so they don’t dry out.
The wings of butterflies are completely clear. The colors we see are the effect of light reflecting on the tiny scales reflecting them.
Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet.
A group of butterflies are know as a flutter.
Scientists estimate that there are between 15000 and 20000 different species of butterfly.
Butterflies can see beyond the ultraviolet spectrum and their eyes consist of a network of 6,000 lenses.
The wings of butterflies move in an 8 figure motion.
Monarch butterflies are known for their long migration. Every year monarch butterflies will travel a great distance (sometimes over 4000 km), females will lay eggs and a new generation of monarchs will travel back, completing the cycle
The firs thing a butterfly eats after it hatches from it’s cocoon is the shell of the cocoon itself.
The Skipper Butterfly can fly faster than a horse can run.
It usually takes 10-15 days for a caterpillar to evolve into a butterfly.
Butterflies often have brightly colored wings with unique patterns made up of tiny scales.
Butterflies can live in the adult stage from anywhere between a week and a year, depending on the species.