We all know that summer means being able to enjoy spending more time outside at parks with friends and family, and you might even see a butterfly or two!
Here are 17 interesting facts about butterflies that’ll help you brush up on your knowledge of these colourful creatures:
- There are approximately 17,500 recorded species of butterflies in the world.
- The latin word for butterfly is papilionem
- Contrary to popular belief, Monarch butterflies migrate to escape from the cold and not to procreate.
Rhetenor Blue Morpho
- Speaking of Monarch butterflies, they are the only insect in the planet to travel over 2,500 miles on average every winter.
- A group of butterflies are known as a flutter.
- You can find enough caterpillars all feeding on plants in certain places of the world, that you can actually hear them munching!
- Certain butterflies are extremely rapid. For example, the Skipper butterfly is able to fly faster than a horse can run.
- With wings spanning from 4 – 7 inches, the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly is one of the biggest species of butterfly on the planet.
- Butterflies cannot regulate body temperature as they are cold-blooded animals. Therefore, they are rendered immobile during cold weather.
- Some species of butterfly feed on the blood of open wounds from other animals.
- It typically takes 10 – 15 days for a caterpillar to evolve into a butterfly, depending on the type of species.
- The majority of butterflies do not excrete waste, as almost all the food they feed on is utilised as energy.
- Butterflies “taste” using sensors under their feet.
- The shell of the cocoon is the first thing that a caterpillar eats right after it hatches.
- The life span of an adult butterfly is very short, typically around 3 – 4 weeks.
- In the last 150 years, five species of butterfly are believed to have become extinct in Britain. These are the Black Veined White, Large Blue, Large Copper, Mazarine Blue and Large Tortoiseshell.
- The skeletons of butterflies are located outside their bodies and are known as exoskeletons.
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