Interesting Fun Facts about Butterfly – Nutshell School
- Butterflies are insects.
- A butterfly?s lifecycle is made up of four parts, egg, larva (caterpillars), pupa (chrysalis) and adult.
- Butterflies attach their eggs to leaves with a special glue.
- Most caterpillars are plant eaters (herbivores).
- Fully grown caterpillars attach themselves to a suitable twig or leaf before shedding their outside layer of skin to reveal a hard skin underneath known as a chrysalis.
- 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.
- Butterflies can live in the adult stage from anywhere between a week and a year, depending on the species.
- Butterflies have four wings.
- Butterflies often have brightly coloured wings with unique patterns made up of tiny scales.
- Most butterflies feed on nectar from flowers.
- Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet.
- 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. 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.
Butterflies do not have a mouth to taste and eat food like we do. Instead, they taste through their feet. When they stand on their food, they can taste the food, but how can they eat it without a mouth? Well, instead of a mouth, they have a kind of long, straw-like structure called a ?proboscis? which enables them to drink juices and nectar. When this ?proboscis? is not being used, it is coiled-up like a garden hose.
Butterflies feed primarily on nectar from flowers. Some also derive nourishment from pollen, tree sap, rotting fruit, dung and dissolved minerals in wet sand or dirt. Butterflies play an important ecological role as pollinators.
As adults, butterflies consume only liquids and these are sucked by means of their proboscis. They feed on nectar from flowers and also sip water from damp patches. This they do for water, for energy from sugars in nectar and for sodium and other minerals which are vital for their reproduction. Several species of butterflies need more sodium than provided by nectar. They are attracted to sodium in salt and they sometimes land on people, attracted by human sweat.
All butterflies have six legs and feet. In some species such as the Monarch Butterfly, the front pair of legs remains tucked up under the body most of the time, and are difficult to see.
The name of a male is referred to simply as a male.
The name of a female is referred to simply as a female.
The name or offspring, or a baby Butterfly, is larva and caterpillar.
The collective name for a group of Butterflies is a ?flutter?.
The habitats of Butterflies are found in a variety of different climate environments. They can be found in Tropical areas, forests, marshes, rivers, swamps, meadows, farmlands and gardens, basically. wherever there are plants and flowers.
Butterflies feed on the juice of rotting fruit, nectar and water in which all are sipped through their proboscis tube.
BUTTERFLY LIFE SPAN
The average life span for an adult butterfly is just 20 to 40 days.
The minimum life span of a butterfly is as little as 3 or 4 days.
The maximum life span of a butterfly is 6 months.
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