24 March 2007


The Old English word for butterfly was buttorfleoge apparently because butterflies were thought to steal milk.

The name 'Butterfly' was first coined to describe the Yellow Brimstone Butterfly, a variety commonly seen across Europe. It was actually known as 'Butter-colored Fly' and that later became 'Butterfly'.

There are about 28,000 known Butterfly species throughout the world.

The wings of Butterflies are actually transparent. The vivid colors are due to overlapping bright scales. Butterfly wings are very delicate and can get damaged if handled. The scales too can get rubbed off if touched.

According to the “Butterflies” chapter in Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things, by Lafcadio Hearn, a butterfly is seen as the personification of a person's soul, whether they be living, dying, or already dead.

Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees

As a caterpillar, they will increase up to several thousand times in size before pupating (process in which caterpillars transform into adult butterflies in a structure called a chrysalis )

What is the difference between MOTHS and BUTTERFLIES?????

MOTHS-- fly at night, have feathered antennae, and rest with their wings open

BUTTERFLIES-- Fly during the day, have knob-ended antennae, and rest with their wings closed

Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.

Many butterflies can taste with their feet to find out whether the leaf they sit on is good to lay eggs on to be their caterpillars' food or not. Butterflies taste food by standing on it. This is because their taste sensors are found in their feet

Butterflies have six legs and feet

Butterflies weigh as little as two rose petals.

Adult Butterflies do not grow in size as they get older.

Butterflies have very brief life spans. Some - usually the ones found in the Tropics - can live up to a year, but others live anywhere from a few months to a few weeks to even a few hours.

Caterpillars are boneless, but have over 1000 muscles. These muscles help the caterpillar move very quickly from place to place, and so both aid in finding new food and in escaping from predators

Some Butterflies are becoming quite rare as their natural habitats shrink. Xerces Blue, an American Butterfly that was found in the San Francisco Peninsula, became extinct in 1943.
Since I love butterflies I couldn't help but share some interesting facts about these beautiful creaures


eshda3wa said...

my friend z 7ayate shes obsessd w/ butterflies
a lil too much

she went to a butterfly farm recently

ever been to one?

sweetd said...

noooo im so
OBSESSED everyone who knows me rememebrs me when they see a butterfly...i have soooo many butterfly accessories pillows everythign bas baghy a butterfly jinseeya:P i wanna see i wanna gooo to a farm.. bs akhaf