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How do butterflies defend themselves from their enemies?

Butterflies protect themselves from predators through a variety of tricks. The most common among them is the chemical defense. Many plants contain poisonous substances to protect themselves from creatures that eat them. Butterflies use these... Read More

What are the differences between butterflies and dragonflies?

Even though both butterflies and dragonflies are insects, both of them belong to different orders. Butterflies belong to the order Lepidoptera and Dragonflies belong to the order Odonata. Butterflies and dragonflies differ in their life cycles. They... Read More

How are butterflies classified?

Although butterflies are one of the most widely studied insect groups, there is no uniform method to classify them. The Symposium of the Royal Entomological Society of London subdivided butterflies into two super-families-the Hesperioidea and the... Read More

What makes butterflies different from other insects?

Butterflies are insects that belong to an order named Lepidoptera, which includes moths too. Even though butterflies belong to the "insect" category, they are significantly different from other insects. All insects have three main divisions to their... Read More

Why do butterflies lay a lot of eggs?

Butterflies lay almost a thousand eggs, but only a few of them survive. Most female butterflies lay eggs on leaves. A few of them release their eggs while flying. One such example is the grass feeding butterflies. Some species lay one egg at a time,... Read More

What are temperate butterflies?

The word 'temperate' is used to describe those areas on Earth where temperature is modest. The wide variety of flowers in grassland and woodland clearings means that there are plenty of butterflies. The caterpillars of grassland butterflies feed... Read More

Why are butterflies known as flying flowers?

Butterflies are known as flying flowers because of their colorful bodies and wings. They come under the category of "insect". A butterfly has six legs, four wings, and two antennae. The thin, delicate lines that make them colorful are called scales.... Read More

How does a pupa emerge into a butterfly?

The transformation of a pupa into a butterfly has always been a wonder to mankind. At the end of its life cycle, the butterfly cracks open the pupa and come out. But a newly emerged butterfly cannot fly away soon as it comes out. It needs to wait for... Read More

What are the main food items of a butterfly?

Butterflies feed primarily on nectar from flowers. They suck nectar and other liquids through a small pipe under their heads. This small pipe is called 'proboscis'. They sip water from damp patches for hydration and feed on nectar from flowers to... Read More

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