I had been waiting for butterflies. I think there’s a shortage of the once colorful butterflies that hopped from flower to flower, or maybe because I am staying in a city which isn’t their favorable abode. I noticed in the cluster of this flower bush that the butterflies were all green. I was hoping to see more colorful ones, but it was nice to see all the green butterflies that seemed to dance while sharing flowers. They were happily flaunting their refreshing lemongrass color. So lovely.
Here are some butterfly facts that I’ve gathered:
○ The wings of butterflies are actually transparent, and the vivid colors that we see are due to overlapping bright scales. They are very delicate and damaged if handled.
○ Butterflies fly in circles around each other to find a mate.
○ There are 28,000 known butterfly species throughout the world.
○ They cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.
○ They have 6 legs and feet.
○ They have very brief life spans. They can live up to a year, but others live anywhere from a few months to a few weeks and even a few hours.
○ The top butterfly flight speed is 12 miles per hour.
○ Both butterflies and moth belong to the order lepidoptera. In Greek, this means scale wing.
○ Butterflies don’t have lungs and they taste with their feet.
○ The largest threat to butterflies is loss of habitat.