Facts about Butterflies

There are some interesting facts about butterflies.

Below are some facts about butterflies that you probably did not know.

There are about 25,000 species of butterflies in the world.

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They live on all continents except Antarctica.

There are 385 species of butterflies in Australia, and 70% of them live in the tropical northern rainforests.

They can be as tiny as 1/8 inch or a large as 12 inches.

They can be quick and tireless fliers.

Some can fly up to 30 miles per hour, and up to 50 miles a day.

Skippers are the fastest types of butterflies.

Most butterflies don't live longer than two to three weeks.

Females are most often larger and live longer than males.

Worldwide, they are the second best pollinators after bees.

Butterflies don't eat.

But it does not mean they don't consume anything - they do drink.

They have long tubes for tongues through which they suck up nectar and other liquids.

They even suck minerals from the soil.

They have four stages in their life cycle and while the main activity of a larvae is eating, the main purpose of the adult butterfly stage is reproduction.

They can lay up to 4000 eggs in one go.

Like other insects they are cold blooded, and they need a minimum body temperature of 30 degrees celsius to be able to fly.

But there are some even more interesting butterly facts..

They cannot see all colours, but they can see the main colours of the flowers - green, red and yellow.

They can not hear but they can feel vibrations.

They smell with their antennae.

They taste with their feet.

If the caterpillar learns something, the butterfly may remember it :-)

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