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Interesting Facts About Butterflies
A butterfly is  mainly day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, the family of butterflies and moths. Butterflies have been around for a long time and are also seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes that date back 3500 years. Like other holometabolous insects, the butterflies life cycle consists of four parts, egg, larva, pupa and adult. Adult butterflies can live from a few days or up to a year depending on the species and weather conditions. The longest living butterfly in the world is the Brimstone Butterfly (Gonepterix Rhamni)  that live an average 9 to 10 months, or slightly longer if the weather and conditions are just right. Found all over the world (except Antarctica), there is about 24,000 different species of Butterfly.

Butterflies are cold blooded so they do not handle cold climates well. For a butterfly to fly it needs to have a body temperature of around 86F or 30C. Butterflies have an exoskeleton and range in size from approximately 3.5 mm to almost 30 cm. This protects the insect and keeps water inside their bodies so they don't dry out.  A butterfly has 3 small openings on each side of its body and this is how it breathes. Under the wings are the butterflies ears. Butterflies eat by using their curled up probiscus like a straw to suck nectar. But to taste their food first butterflies use their feet.

Butterflies see red, green and yellow. They have compound eyes which means they can see multiple images. This is a defence mechanism. Of course flying away from predators is also a great defense but butterflies need an optimal body temperature of approximately 86F or 30C to be able to fly. When flying they can reach a great top speed of approximately 12 MPH or 19 KMH.

A butterfly looks different to a moth and the main differences are that butterflies do not fly at night, butterflies have clubs on the end of their feelers and they also have different wings.

Butterflies are important because they pollinate crops and flowers and are food for other animals. Butterflies also have some medical uses.

Butterfly Identification Guide