Butterflies are insects. Insects have six legs, and three body
segments, the head, thorax, and abdomen. The three most
outstanding features of the head are the antennae, the eyes, and
the proboscis. Butterflies' wings are very fragile, which can wear
easily through normal use.
Where Do Butterflies Come From?
A butterfly comes from a chrysalis, which is also called a pupa.
Butterflies undergo complete metamorphosis in which they go
through four stages. A butterfly starts its life as an egg, larva,
which is a caterpillar, it hatches from an egg and eats leaves or
flowers almost constantly. It then turns into a pupa, this is the
resting stage until the last stage which is when it turns into a
beautiful adult butterfly.
Butterflies are very good fliers. They have two pairs of large
wings that are covered with colorful scales. Butterflies can only
fly if their body temperature is above eight-six degrees, they sun
themselves to warm up in cool weather. The fastest butterflies can
fly at 12 mph, while slow flying butterflies fly about 5 mph.
Butterfly feeding is an interesting process. Many butterflies can
taste with their feet to find out if the leaf they sit on is good
to lay eggs on. An important butterfly fact is that they have a
long straw like structure called a proboscis which they use to
drink nectar and juices.