Our Kids Video Book About Butterflies
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We admire them in our gardens and they’re delight for little children to chase. They can be bold and bright or even dull, but regardless they are beautiful. The butterfly is an insect that is always a welcome visitor. Let’s check out the qualities and lifestyle of this amazing little creature.
Scientists think there are between 15,000 to 20,000 butterfly species on the planet today. Since these insects are cold-blooded they need a warmer climate to survive and thrive in, therefore butterflies can be found in most parts of the world, except, of course, places like Antarctica and the arid desert regions where there is no food source.
The butterfly doesn’t start out life beautiful, it has to go through a metamorphosis. This is a four-part stage that starts this insect off as an egg. It then moves into the larva or caterpillar stage, from there it goes into the pupa or chrysalis, then finally the adult.
In the final adult stage, before the butterfly is able to take flight, it must wait for its wing to fill with blood and to dry. This may take several hours and leaves the butterfly vulnerable to predators such as birds, toads, dragonflies, snakes, rats, lizards and many more. However, not all butterflies taste good. In fact, the monarch butterfly feeds from the milkweed plant that gives it a bad taste to predators. It may not serve to save its own life, but it will be a reminder to the predator next time.
In addition to wildlife predators, the butterfly also has to watch out for humans. Yes! In certain countries like Africa, Mexico and Southeast Asia you can find the butterfly as a part of their menu choices.
The butterfly comes in various sizes from the Western Blue Pygmy butterfly which measures in at 5 to 7 millimeter wing span. It can be found on the coastal regions of the Southern USA. On the other side of the coin, the biggest butterfly is the Queen Alexandra’s birdwing. This spectacular insect measures in with a one foot wingspan and is found in Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, it is on the endangered species list due to the destruction of its natural rainforest habitat.
All butterflies have four wings which is made up of tiny scales – if you have handled one you have probably noticed these tiny scales easily brush off. Another unique feature of the insect is it has taste receptors on the bottom of its feet, not the end of its long tongue. The butterfly feeds on nectar from the indigenous flowers in its area.
The monarch butterfly is an interesting specimen, not only because of its markings and bright colors, but because of its long migrational journey. In some cases the monarch will fly over 2,485 miles (4,000 kilometers) to reach the place where they will lay their eggs – the young butterflies then turn around and make the flight back.
There is a lot more information available on the butterfly. Check it out for yourself and prepare to be amazed.
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