The Basics of the Butterfly

It‘s probably safe to say that most people DO NOT find the majority of insects all that appealing. But there is something special about a butterfly. Butterflies often inspire a completely different reaction. They catch our eye, and we are drawn to them. They enthrall us with their beauty and graceful flight.

Interesting facts about butterflies…

  • Butterflies need the warmth of the sun to fly. They will not fly if the air temperature dips too low. That’s why it‘s common to come across a butterfly basking in the sun on a cooler day as it warms up to take flight.

  • Butterflies are global residents. They are native to all continents except Antarctica.

  • Butterflies are the second leading pollinators, following bees. A butterfly sips nectar from flowering plants, transporting pollen from one plant to another and helping plants reproduce.

  • Butterflies generally fly only during the day. At night, they sleep between blades of grass or on the underside of a leaf.

  • Butterflies are colorful for many reasons. Their vibrant colors help them absorb heat, attract a mate and help them blend in among flowers when they are feeding.

  • Butterflies can’t hear, but they can feel vibrations. They taste with their feet and smell with their antennae.

  • Butterflies are protected by their markings. The large spots on the wings of many butterflies look a lot like the eyes of a larger animal to their predators, like birds, which stops them from attacking the insect.

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