Imagine a brightly colored being that can fly, taste with its legs, has a tube for a mouth, and its eyes are made up of 6,000 lenses capable of seeing ultraviolet light. …that’s the butterfly.
There are about 20,000 known species found on every continent except Antarctica. Butterflies are very diverse insects, you find them in all colors and sizes! The largest can measure more than 30 centimeters and the smallest, less than a third of a centimeter.
- The butterfly life cycle is made up of four parts: egg, caterpillar (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis), and adult.
- Butterflies glue their eggs to leaves. A larva hatches from the egg and feeds on the leaf. The larvae attach to a branch or leaf before shedding their outer layer of skin to reveal a new skin known as a pupa or chrysalis. An adult butterfly will eventually emerge from the chrysalis, where it will wait a few hours for its wings to take flight for the first time.
- Monarch butterflies are known for their long migration. Each year Monarch butterflies will travel up to 2,000 miles in 2 months to get from Canada and the northern United States to Mexico for the winter.
- Butterflies are very similar to moths. However, butterflies fly during the day, while most moths fly at night. At rest, butterflies hold their wings together on their backs while moths rest with their wings spread out to the sides.