It is impossible to predict how many eggs a butterfly will lay at any time, as they may lay from one to several batches. Though some species like Gonepteryx rhamni are in the habit of laying a single egg, even 100 eggs have been found on a small bush.Know More
Eggs may be laid by only one female or by multiple females in a sequence. Butterflies have a very short lifespan, and they usually lay eggs within the first few days of their lives. It is not unusual for butterflies to be consumed by creatures, such as spiders. Therefore, they lay eggs as quickly as possible before being devoured.
Mature females are in the habit of laying eggs that are smaller in size, and the caterpillars that are produced from them develop at a slower rate, which leaves them in the peril of being consumed by other predators. Probably due to this reason, the majority of the butterfly species prefer to lay eggs just after copulation.Learn more about Butterflies & Moths
A butterfly's wingspan can range from a 1/2 inch to 1 foot in length from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other. The blue pygmy butterfly, which is native to California, is the smallest species, while the Queen Alexandra's birdwing is the largest.Full Answer >
Different butterfly species occupy slightly different niches, but most are forest- or field-dwelling, flying, nectar-feeding insects. Butterflies have long, extensible tongues that they insert into flowers to suck out the nectar. During feeding, butterflies are often covered in pollen, making them effective agents of pollination for plants. Butterflies are eaten by a variety of predators, including birds and reptiles.Full Answer >
On average, a butterfly lives about a month. However, the time can vary greatly between species, and females tend to live longer than males. It's extremely unusual for a butterfly of any species to live longer than a year.Full Answer >
The larvae of the harvester butterfly are known to be carnivorous. Adult harvester butterflies lay their eggs on masses of woolly aphids so that the caterpillars can feed on them. Adult harvester butterflies can also pierce woolly aphids and drink their fluids.Full Answer >