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Here are a few difference kinds of butterflies

Roost of Migrating Monarchs
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Gulf-fritillary
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Swallowtail
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Pale Swallowtail
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Southern Dogface
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Black-veined Greatstreak
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Pearlcresent
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Springazure
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Cloudless Sulphur ( larva close-up )
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Southern Dogfaces & Large Orange Sulphurs
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Silver Emperor
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Monarch
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Tailed Orange Pyrisitia
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Did you know?

That most adult butterflies only live between 2 and 14 days.

That there are more than 170,000 identified species of  Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths, and that only about a tenth of these are really butterflies, the rest are moths.

That one of the smallest butterflies in the world has a wingspan of only 5/8ths of an inch (1.5cm).  Its the Western Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exilis).

The largest is not even a butterfly, its a moth.  With a wing span of up to 12 inches (30cm).  Its called the Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas).

That the Monarch Butterfly is only one of a few butterflies that migrate, and have an adult life span up to around 8 months long.

That less than 7% of the eggs laid in the wild will survive to become adult butterflies, where as eggs laid on farms will have a 70-90% survival rate.

Some butterflies have a very unique way of camouflage, some look just like a leaf.  The Kallima inachus is just one of many that blend into their surroundings.

Do you know how to tell the difference between a butterfly and a moth?  Well, a butterfly is usually brightly colored, and has a clubbed antennae.  If your still unsure, a butterfly will rest with its wings in an upright and closed position over their back.  Moths rest with their wings in an open and flattened position, and have feathered - non clubbed antennae or a straight staff antennae without a club at the end.

Black Swallowtail
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Pink-spotted Swallowtail
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Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak
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Dogface
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Types of Swallowtail Butterflies
Swallowtail Butterflies (Family Papilionidae)
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor philenor)
Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes asterius)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Tiger Swallowtail {Papilio glaucus glaucus)
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus troilus)