We could perfectly define it by saying that it is an insect, which is terrestrial and flying, that presents a complete metamorphosis, which has two pairs of wings covered with colored scales and feeds mainly on the nectar and pollen of flowers. Of beautiful bright colors and antennas finished in mace in the generality of the species, there are diurnal and nocturnal. And it could be extended much more. But to make it more dynamic I bring you these curiosities about butterflies!
Day butterflies evolved from nocturnal, they appeared about 40 million years ago.
To reach the nectar, the butterflies unwind their mouth or proboscis forming a straw to sip.
Caterpillars shed skin several times during their life so they need a lot of food and oxygen.
They are consumed by man in some areas of the world. (Entomophagy).
Puddles on the banks of rivers can attract groups of butterflies. The butterfly dad and his friends gather in these puddles to take nutrients and salts that help them reproduce.
The number of eggs of each laying varies according to the species. They can be up to 500, although very few will reach adults.
Butterflies consume nectar and fermented fruits to get energy and fly.
The flight of diurnal butterflies has an average speed of 12 km / hour, although certain species reach higher figures.
The choice of the plant for laying eggs is very important as it will be the nutritious plant of the caterpillars.
Mating can last 20 minutes or several hours.
These insects have no lungs. They breathe through openings that they have on the sides of their body, called spiracles.
The eyes of these creatures are composed and have more than 6,000 individual lenses.
In its antennas we find two senses: Smell and touch.
Some butterfly caterpillars are so poisonous that they can cause brain hemorrhage.
The smallest butterfly is the Blue Dwarf and the largest is the female "Queen Alejandra" Bird Wings.
Butterflies need to sun their wings to fly.
Even a soft touch can damage the wings of a butterfly.
The longest-lived butterfly is able to live for 9 to 10 months.
The butterflies are very romantic. They expel the so-called "Dust of Love" to conquer and attract their partner.
Butterflies can taste food with their feet.
The larvae butterflies, "babies", emit a series of sounds that allow them to communicate with the ants.