Butterflies live all over the world, except in Antarctica and the harshest deserts. Many butterflies live in tropical climates like those found in Hawaii and Mexico.Know More
One of the main things that influence where butterflies choose to live is the abundance of food. If butterflies end up in a particular place but can't find food, they quickly move on. Caterpillars, or butterfly larvae, eat the leaves of green plants. Caterpillars need to eat a lot to complete the metamorphosis of turning into a butterfly. Adult butterflies eat nectar, water and some fruit juices.
Adult butterflies have a straw-like appendage called a proboscis that allows them to suck liquids from their favorite foods. They have an all-liquid diet and never eat solid foods.
There are more than 18,000 species of butterflies known to exist all over the world. Some species, such as the painted lady, monarch and little yellow butterflies, migrate when the weather turns colder and food becomes scarce. Many species spend the winter as caterpillars and emerge as butterflies in the spring. Some species, such as the tortoiseshell, hibernate during the winter.
No matter where they live, many adult butterflies have a lifespan of approximately 1 month. Small species live 1 to 2 weeks, and larger butterflies may live up to 9 months.Learn More
An underwing moth is a flying insect belonging to the genus Catocala. They have brightly colored and boldly pattered hindwings. When at rest, the dull grayish brown fore wings mask the boldly colored hindwings underneath, which is why the moth is called the underwing.Full Answer >
Antheraea polyphemus is the scientific name of the Polyphemus moth. It's one of the biggest moths known, with a wingspan of between 4 and 5 inches. Like most moths, it flies primarily at night. It's found in the temperate forests of North America.Full Answer >
Wooly bear caterpillars eat clover, grasses, dandelions and weeds. As a generalist species, the wooly bear caterpillar feeds on a variety of forbs and herbs, but it does not typically harm vegetables or ornamental plants.Full Answer >
There are approximately 20,000 species of butterflies existing in the world today. Since 1968, the number of new species of butterflies has increased dramatically.Full Answer >