BASIC FACTS ABOUT BUTTERFLIES

BASIC FACTS ABOUT BUTTERFLIES

Butterflies (Order: Lepidoptera) are brightly colored insects flying with two large wings that vary in color and pattern from species to species. Butterfly wings are covered with small rows husband, a characteristic butterfly lepidopterans share with their fellow citizens, the moths. Butterfly 01 Diet first meal moth is a shell of himself. Then it will spend most of his time eating the leaves where it hatched. An adult moths uncoils long, straw-like hose it to sip nectar from flowers, fruit juice from overripe and water from puddles. Population the exact number is not known since there are about 17,500 species of butterfly spread across almost the entire world. Limit Butterflies are found all over the world except the Antarctic continent. Many migratory species to avoid adverse conditions. Most moved a relatively short distance, but the king and some other species migrate thousands of miles. Behavior animal fun facts Lifecycle: from egg to adult, butterflies undergo a series of physical changes is called metamorphosis. After mating, the female butterfly lays her eggs on a caterpillar food plant or “host”. The eggs can hatch within a few days, or within a few months or even years, depending on whether or not the conditions. After hatching, the caterpillars begin to eat the plant. Caterpillars shed its skin several times during this period. Then it finds a sheltered spot, suspended by threads of silk itself and sheds a last time to reveal skin will harden to form a chrysalis or pupa. Days, months or even years later, depending on the species, a grown man with fully developed wings emerged from the pupa and the cycle begins anew. Defense mechanisms: Many butterflies have developed interesting ways of protecting themselves from predators. One method is to camouflage, or “mysterious colors”, where the butterfly has the ability to look like a leaf or the bark mix to escape predators. Another method is chemical defense, where the butterflies have evolved to have toxic chemicals in its body. These butterflies are usually brightly colored, and the predators have learned in time to incorporate bright colors with bad taste of chemicals. Threats fact of life The biggest threat to butterflies is changed habitat and loss due to population growth, trade and agriculture. Climate change also threatens the butterflies. Edith’s checkerspot butterfly, which ranges from Baja to Canada along the west coast, was moving toward the north and upper slopes. But for the two subspecies – Quino- Bay and their progress is blocked by large urban landcapes of San Francisco and San Diego, respectively. Both subspecies are seriously endangered.

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