Fascinating Facts about butterflies

Butterflies are the most beautiful creatures, they have above 2000 species. Let us talk about few fascinating facts about them.
Butterflies taste with their feet: Taste receptors on a butterfly's feet help it find its host plant and locate food. A female butterfly lands on different plants, drumming the leaves with her feet to make the plant release its juices. When she identified the right plant, she lays her eggs. A butterfly will also step on its food, using organs that sense dissolved sugars to taste food sources like fermenting fruit.

Butterflies can't fly if they're cold: Butterflies can only fly if their body temperature is above 86 degrees. Since they're cold-blooded animals, they can't regulate their own body temperatures. The surrounding air temperature has a big impact on their ability to function. Cooler days require a butterfly to warm up its flight muscles, either be shivering or basking in the sun As butterflies age, the color of the wings fades and the wings become ragged.

Butterflies live just 2-4 weeks: Once it emerges from its chrysalis as an adult, a butterfly has just a few short weeks to live. During that time, it focuses all its energy on two tasks – eating and mating. Some of the smallest butterflies, the blues, may only survive a few days. Butterflies that overwinter as adults, like monarchs and mourning cloaks, can live as long as 9 months.

 

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