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The name ‘Butterfly’ was first coined to describe the Yellow Brimstone Butterfly, a variety commonly seen across Europe. It was actually known as ‘Butter-Coloured Fly’ and that later became ‘Butterfly’.

Butterflies range in size from a tiny 3mm (1/8in) to a huge almost 31cm (12ins or 1ft). They can weigh as little as two rose petals.

Butterflies can see red, green and yellow.

The top butterfly flight speed is 9 k.p.h. (12 m.p.h.).

Some Butterflies are migratory and fly great distances in the winter to places having a warmer climate; then return in the spring. e.g. Monarch butterflies journey from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of about 3,220km (2,000 miles).

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Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 47.8°C (86°F).

Representations of butterflies are seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years old.

Butterflies and Moths belong to the order Leptidoptera. This is derived from the Greek term for ‘scale-wing’. Antarctica is the only continent in which no Lepidoptera have been found.

There are approximately 28,000 species of Butterflies. The Moths are even more numerous: approximately 140,000 species of them were counted worldwide.

The Brimstone butterfly (Gonepterix rhamni) has the longest lifetime of the adult butterflies: 9–10 months.

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Butterflies taste food by standing on it. This is because their taste sensors are found in their feet. They also can taste the leaf they sit on is good to lay eggs on to be their caterpillars’ food.

Butterflies like most insects have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, called the exoskeleton. This protects the insect and keeps water inside their bodies so they don’t dry out.

The wings of Butterflies are actually transparent. The vivid colours are due to overlapping bright scales. Butterfly wings are very delicate and can get damaged if handled. The scales too can get rubbed off if touched.

Most Butterflies have intricate and pretty patterns on their wings. These designs are intended for camouflage purposes, so the predators, like birds either can’t make out the Butterflies in the trees or bushes or are scared off into thinking them to be some other larger creature. The patterns are also useful in courtship rituals. Butterflies fly in circles around one another to find a mate.

Some Butterflies lay their eggs on the underside of specific plants, others lay them in mid–flight. Some Butterflies, like the Cabbage White Butterfly, lay their eggs on cabbage leaves. Both the eggs and the caterpillars that will emerge presently are velvety green and blend in well with the cabbage leaves.

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Butterflies tend to thrive most in the Tropics, where the abundant fauna provides them with food and breeding grounds.

Instead of a mouth butterflies have a long straw–like structure called a proboscis.

Butterflies have six legs and feet. Pollen gets attached to the legs of the Butterfly and is carried from plant to plant, assisting in fertilization and the propagation of new seeds and plants.

Butterflies fly during the day, have knob–like antennae and close their wings when resting.

Adult Butterflies do not grow in size as they get older.

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Parnassian Butterflies have been found high up in the Rocky Mountains, at altitudes of 4,267m (14,000ft). For comparison Mount Kosciuszko is almost half the height at 2228m (7308ft).

Butterflies have very brief life spans. Some (usually the ones found in the Tropics) can live up to a year but others live anywhere from a few hours to a few months.

All Butterflies aren’t nectar–loving. Some like the Red Admiral Butterfly have decidedly peculiar tastes like rotting fruit and animal dung.

Butterflies excrete Meconium, a red liquid that looks like blood and is actually made up of waste material from the pupa stage.

Male Swallowtail Butterflies habitually gather around mud puddles to dip nutrients from the mud but Females don’t do this.

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Some Butterflies (like the Monarch Butterfly) produce toxins that discourage predators from feeding upon them. In the Monarch’s case, the toxin production is aided by the Milkweed plant on which it usually feeds.

Butterflies are fragile creatures and their population can thrive or be adversely affected with changes in the climatic conditions. Plenty of Butterflies indicate a healthy well-balanced ecosystem and a dearth (scarcity) of Butterflies can denote a possible environmental problem.

Conservation of natural habitats and reduction in the use of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals is required for the proliferation of Butterflies.

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Some Butterflies are becoming quite rare as their natural habitats shrink. Xerces Blue, an American Butterfly that was found in the San Francisco Peninsula, became extinct in 1943.

Some of the many Butterfly species; Red Admiral (Vanessa Atalanta), Spring Azure (Celastrina Argiolus), Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio Rutulus), Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis Antiopa), Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes Sylvanoides), Sara Orange tip(Anthocharis Sara), Purplish Copper (Lycaena Helloides), Lorquin’s Admiral (Limenitis Lorquini), Painted Lady (Vanessa Cardui), Cabbage White (Pieris Rapae),Veined “Mustard” White (Pieris Napi)

Between emerging from its egg and entering the pupa stage, a caterpillar increases to over 27,000 times its original size. The skin of the caterpillar does grow with it as it increases in size and so it is necessary for it to shed it. Most caterpillars shed their outgrown skin five times before entering the pupa stage.

Caterpillars are boneless but have over 1,000 muscles. These muscles help the caterpillar move very quickly from place to place and so both aid in finding new food and in escaping from predators.

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