10 Things You Didn't Know About Butterflies

10 Things You Didn't Know About Butterflies

You may think you know a lot about butterflies, but did you know...

  1. Butterflies are not deaf. Butterfly ears were discovered in 1912.

  2. The entire life cycle of the butterfly, from caterpillar, chrysalis to butterfly, can range between 2 to 8 months, depending on species.

  3. Butterflies are often transported by storms up to hundreds of kilometres, and sometimes thrown upwards to altitudes of thousands of metres.

  4. Caterpillars have no bones.

  5. Butterfly wings are composed of hard tubes covered by a fine tissue.

  6. Butterflies have 6 legs, but some species only use 4 of them.

  7. Some butterflies do not have mouths, and never eat for their entire adult life, existing on the energy stored as caterpillars.

  8. Butterflies don't have lungs.

  9. Butterflies can fly at speeds ranging from about 10km per hour, up to over 50km per hour.

  10. Butterfly wings are actually transparent. The colours are created by millions of tiny interlocking scales on the wings' surface.

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 Til next time.

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Jen


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