Known to admirers as flying flowers, butterflies have the serene ability to bring smiles to saddened faces and give hope to the hopeless just by flying gracefully. Their beauty and fragility makes them truly mystical in the eyes of us humans. Typically, seeing an abundance of butterflies fluttering among the flowers is an indicator of a healthy eco-system, however, due to habitat loss, abnormal climate changes and plant extinction, the number of butterflies has been declining. Visit Light Workers to learn of four easy ways to help the butterflies and read on to learn of 10 interesting facts about our beautiful butterfly-kin.
10 Interesting Facts About Butterflies:
There are over 25,000 species of butterflies living among us.
- Butterflies are our second best pollinators, bees takes first place.
- Typically, butterflies only live for 3 weeks although some species can live to almost 12 months.
- Butterflies can only fly if their body temperature is over 86 degrees.
- There are 4 stages to a butterfly’s life cycle – the egg, larva, pupa and the adult butterfly.
- Butterflies can lay anywhere between 100 to 4000 eggs.
- In addition to nectar, butterflies drink the liquid from rotting fruit, tree sap and dung.
- Butterflies drink through a straw-like organ called the proboscis.
- Butterflies smell through their antennas and their legs.
- Antarctica is the only continent where butterflies have not been found.