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Free images -  Butterflies

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Butterflies are insects that fly during the day in the order of Lepidoptera which also includes moths.  See the article on Clearwing Sphinx Moth for the characteristics of each.  Their life cycle consists of four stages:  egg, larva,  pupa and adult.  

 

Butterfly or Moth?  What's the difference?

There is no taxonomic difference between butterflies and moths since both are classified in the order Lepidoptera which includes more than 100 families of insects.  There are, however, differences in physical and behavioral characteristics.

Butterfly

Moth
Body - thin, hairless   fat abdomens & fuzzy
Antennae - have knobs at end of feelers  thin & plain or feathery
Colour - colourful wings drab-coloured wings (generally)
Wings while resting - held up above bodies held flat against body 
Pupal Stage - chrysalis    cocoon
Activity -  during the day during the night

 

Butterflies are subdivided into three smaller categories:  true butterflies, the skippers and the moth-butterflies.  Many, like the Monarch, migrate over great distances.  In their adult stage, species live from a week to nearly a year.

Eggs are laid on plants and secured with a VERY strong glue substance that hardens quickly.  Once the eggs have hatched, larvae, or caterpillars emerge.  They eat the plant leaves and begin an incredible growth spurt.  What a coincidence the the mother butterfly laid her eggs on the larvae's favourite food source!

There are currently about 28,000 species of butterfly with 80% of the species living in the tropics.

Did you know... 

that some cultures believe that our souls go to heaven as butterflies when we die?

 


Life's Struggles


A man found a cocoon of an Emperor moth. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. One day, a small opening appeared, and he sat still, watching for several hours, as the moth struggled to force its body through the little hole. 

Then, it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared, as if, it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. It seemed to be stuck. Then the man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth so, he took a pair of scissors, and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged easily. 

But, it had a swollen body small shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the moth, because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.  Neither happened!  In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the its body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for  flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.  Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, the man deprived the moth of health.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives.  If God allowed us to go through life without any obstacles, we may be crippled and not as strong as what we could have been.

~ Author Unknown ~

 

 

Black yellow butterfly.

Butterfly - 5
Photographed in a butterfly greenhouse.

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Black blue red butterfly with rounded wings.

Butterfly - 6
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Black beige red butterfly with rounded wings.

Butterfly - 7
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Brown beige orange red butterfly with rounded wings.

Butterfly - 8
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brown butterfly with spots png

Butterfly Brown Png - 1
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Brown yellow orange being butterfly on bush.

Butterfly - 9 gathering nectar from the blooms of a Butterfly Bush.
Photographed in Southern Ontario.

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Canadian tiger swallowtail butterfly on orange hawkweed flower.

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly - 1 on an orange Hawkweed flower.
Photographed in Northern Ontario

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Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly - 3 on an orange Hawkweed flower.
Photographed in Northern Ontario

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Butterflies use their antennae to check the air for wind and scents.  Although the antennae come in a variety of shapes and colours, most species have knobbed antennae.

 

Canadian Tiger swallowtail butterfly on yellow hawkweed flower.

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly - 4 on a yellow Hawkweed flower.
Photographed in Northern Ontario

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Canadian Swallowtail butterfly on orange hawkweed flower

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly - 5 on an orange Hawkweed flower.
Photographed in Northern Ontario

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Butterflies feed and suck through their "proboscis".  This is an elongated appendage at the head of the butterfly similar to a nose or snout.  It is the butterfly's "mouth" through which he sucks moisture.
For comparison, it should be noted that an elephant's trunk is also a proboscis.

 

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on orange Hawkweed flower.

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly - 6 on an orange Hawkweed flower.
Photographed in Northern Ontario

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Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterfly collecting nectar from Hawkweed flower

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly - 7 on an orange Hawkweed flower.
Photographed in Northern Ontario

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar - 1
Photographed in Northern Ontario

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Nest of caterpillars between branches.

Nest of caterpillars - 1
Photographed in Northern Ontario

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Caterpillar nest on shrub.

Nest of caterpillars - 2
Photographed in Northern Ontario

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Caterpillars emerging from nest.

Nest of caterpillars - 3
Photographed in Northern Ontario

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Caterpillar nest between shrub branches.

Nest of caterpillars - 4
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Are You Baffled 
by Bugs ?

Did you know...

That all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects!

 


"I dreamed
 I was a butterfly,
 flitting around 
in the sky; 
then I awoke.  
Now I wonder:  
Am I a man 
who dreamt 
of being a butterfly, 
or am I a butterfly
dreaming 
that I am a man?"

~ Chuang Tse ~
Chinese philosopher

 

Insects have 3 body parts:  a head, thorax and abdomen.  They also have six legs and two antennae.

Spiders and Scorpions have eight legs and are not considered insects!

 

According to some sources, the total number of insect species is somewhere between 15 and 30 million!

There are 900,000 known species in the world.

 

Insane About Insects ?

 

Did you know...

Scorpions can live for more than one year without eating!

 

Mosquitoes have 47 teeth, but only the female mosquitoe bites using it's proboscis.

Fireflies, sometimes called Lightningbugs, are not true bugs or flies.  They are beetles!

Every year, insects eat about one third of the world's food crops.

Only male crickets can chirp.  They will chirp faster in warm weather.  

Most insects hatch from eggs.

The average bed contains 2-6 million dust mites!

 

Are You An Enthusiastic
Entomologist ?

Did you know...

Every year, the average person eats several insects while sleeping.  

Insects breath through a complicated network of air tubes called tracheae that open along the sides of the insects body.

Nearly all insect growth involves metamorphosis.

The average housefly lives only two weeks!

A female ladybug lays about 1000 eggs in her lifetime.

Honeybees fly at a speed of 13-15 mph.

Even though spiders have eight eyes, they still can't see very well.

A cockroach can live up to 9 days without its head!

 

 

 

 

 

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