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.