Butterflies – God’s finest creation
Do you know anything about butterflies? I know little and thought of sharing my teachings with you! I simply love them! They are god’s finest creations! They are friendly. Recently, I came across an orangish, blackish, whitish butterfly that clung onto the edges of my phone. I said “Hello” to it, after which it fluttered away. It was such a sweet feeling! Spending time in a flower field with butterflies will really make you happy! Let us see how many of the butterflies do we remember?
Types of Butterflies
You can find many kinds of butterflies fluttering around the globe. You can even catch them in your hand, without hurting them. There are millions in number. However, I shall speak to you about three of them! Read up! Let me know which one is your favorite!
Origin: American Tropics
Countries found in: North America, Australia, New Zealand
What do they eat? Milkweed, Nectar
Why is it called ‘Monarch’? It was named in honor of the then monarch ‘King William III’ of England.
It’s USP: Two-way migration skills similar to those of birds
Their Color USP: The orange tells the predator that the butterfly is toxic and not eatable.
Eating habits: Smell with the antennae; Nectar & water by sensor hair.
Cultural Belief: In the Mexican culture, the Mexicans believe that the souls of the ancestors come back to earth for a yearly visit, as the Mexican holiday ‘The day of the Dead’ coincides with the annual return of the monarchs.
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Countries found in: Central America as well as Mexico and South America including Brazil, Costa Rica and Venezuela.
Their Color USP: Their bright blue color is designed to intimidate any rivals that might fly into his territory.
What they love? The sun to keep them warm, apart from dwelling in the cooler rainforests.
What do they eat? It actually drinks fruit juices from saps – it does this from its proboscis (its long mouth)
Self-Defence? They are active during the day), and have ‘crypis’ – they fold their wings so that only the dark underside is seen, making them less visible to predators. It is known as a ‘flashing’ defence mechanism, due to the slow beating pace of their wings, the iridescent blue is flashed and then disappears as the wings are raised only to return to another place in a short while. This causes predators to lose track of the Morpho butterfly when it is flying, as they only glimpse blue flashes as the brown underside makes them invisible in the thick foliage of the jungle.
(Source: Animal Corner)
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Origin: Tropical & Temperate Zones of Meadows, open areas, marshes, and fields, deserts, and woodlands
Countries: Americas, Africa, and Asia; in the US, the Gulf Coast, California, Arizona, Texas, and towards the south of New Mexico
What does it eat? Nectar from milkweeds, shepherd’s needle, and fogfruit
- It is closely related to the Monarch butterfly species.
- Their milkweed diet allows them to taste bad when eaten by birds. It is similar to having the birds’s stomach upset.
What is their color like? Their colors are mixed orange and brown with black outlines in the wings’ borders.