Interesting and Fun Butterfly Facts

Did you know that butterflies need the warmth of the sun to enable them to fly? 
Butterflies are cold-blooded and will not fly if the temperature is below 50 degrees.

Fact or Fiction? You will kill a butterfly if you touch its wings? 
This is a myth.   You will not hurt a butterfly if you touch it, although you might rub off some of the colour of its wings which are actually miniature scales. Just be gentle. It's better to put your fingers under their legs so as not to touch wings.

There are some species of butterflies like the Red Admiral that actually prefer feeding on rotting fruit and animal dung!  The Mourning Cloak butterfly enjoys rotting banana.

Butterflies especially Painted Ladies excrete a red liquid when born which is sometimes mistaken for blood when in reality it is actually meconium, "pupal fluid" which isn't blood at all.  It is made up of waste material that is produced during the pupal stage. 

Caterpillars do not have bones, they have over 1,000 muscles in which they use to move from place to place and they can move at a very quick pace. For if you find a caterpillar and place him in a designated place, before you know it , he will have crawled out of sight! 

Butterflies "taste" with their feet! Butterfly feet are actually tiny receptors which allow them to "taste" the food that they are standing on.

Once a bird has eaten a monarch it definitely will not eat another one. The milkweed that the monarch eats as a caterpillar has a toxic effect when the butterfly is ingested. Not tasty at all!

Butterflies have benn associated with death going back 8,000 years. People  thought that when we died we became butterflies and with those wings we went to heaven.  

The words ’soul’ and ’butterfly’ are actually the same word in many languages.

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