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A butterfly is a flying insect of the order Lepidoptera belonging to one of the superfamilies Hesperioidea (the skippers) and Papilionoidea (all other butterflies). Many butterflies have striking colours and patterns on their wings. People who study or collect butterflies (or the closely- related moths) are called lepidopterists

Unlike many insects, butterflies do not experience a nymph period, but instead go through a pupal stage which lies between the larva and the adult stage (the imago).

Egg
Larva, known as a caterpillar
Pupa (chrysalis)
Adult butterfly (imago)

Butterfly eggs consist of a hard-ridged outer layer of shell, called the chorion. This is lined with a thin coating of wax which prevents the egg from drying out before the larva has had time to fully develop. Each egg contains a number of tiny funnel-shaped openings at one end, called micropyles; the purpose of these holes is to allow sperm to enter and fertilize the egg. Butterfly and moth eggs vary greatly in size between species, but they are all either spherical or ovate.

Larvae, or caterpillars, are multi-legged eating machines. They consume plant leaves and spend practically all of their time in search of food. As they mature their skin is shed several times.

When the larva has eaten enough it will will form a chrysalis (Butterflies do not spin cocoons, moths do.) The larva usually moves to the underside of a leaf. To form a cocoon it spins a silk-like thread around itself. A chrysalis is formed by hardening bodily secretions. A larva completely covered by a cocoon or chrysalis is called a pupa. Inside its protective shell the larva will transform into a butterfly (or moth), a process known as metamorphosis.

The adult, sexually mature, stage of the insect is known as the imago. As Lepidoptera, butterflies have four wings, but unlike moths, the fore and hindwings are not hooked together, permitting a more graceful flight. A butterfly has six legs; the larva also has six true legs and a number of prolegs. After it emerges from its pupal stage it cannot fly for some time because its wings have not yet unfolded. A newly emerged butterfly needs to spend some time 'inflating' its wings with blood and letting them dry, during which time it is extremely vulnerable to predators.

Many species of butterfly are sexually dimorphic. Some butterflies, such as the Monarch butterfly, are migratory.

Butterflies are often confused with moths, but there are a few simple differences between them, including colour, habits, and pupating appearance. See the difference between a butterfly and a moth.

Butterflies live primarily on nectar from flowers. Some also derive nourishment from pollen, tree sap, rotting fruit, dung, and dissolved minerals in wet sand or dirt. Butterflies are also pollinators.
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Butterfly picture Butterfly picture Blue morpho picture
Butterfly Butterfly Blue morpho
Tropical Metalmark picture Monarch picture Edith's Checkerspot picture
Tropical Metalmark Monarch Edith's Checkerspot
Atlantis Fritillaries Butterfly picture Common Jay Butterfly picture Anise Swallowtail picture
Atlantis Fritillaries Butterfly Common Jay Butterfly Anise Swallowtail
Tropical butterfly picture Giant Swallowtail Butterfly picture Painted Lady Butterfly picture
Tropical butterfly Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Painted Lady Butterfly
Blue Wave picture Blue Copper picture Heliconid Butterfly picture
Blue Wave Blue Copper Heliconid Butterfly
Monarch picture Butterfly picture Monarch Butterfly picture
Monarch Butterfly Monarch Butterfly
The Indian Leaf Butterfly picture Red Passion-flower Butterfly picture Buckeye Butterfly picture
The Indian Leaf Butterfly Red Passion-flower Butterfly Buckeye Butterfly
Pixy Metalmark picture Queen picture Butterfly picture
Pixy Metalmark Queen Butterfly
Butterfly picture Caterpillar picture Silver studded blue picture
Butterfly Caterpillar Silver studded blue
Monarch picture The Postman picture Gulf fritillary picture
Monarch The Postman Gulf fritillary
Tiger swallowtail picture Scarlet tiger picture Black swallowtail butterfly picture
Tiger swallowtail Scarlet tiger Black swallowtail butterfly
Red admiral picture Clipper butterfly picture Aphrodite picture
Red admiral Clipper butterfly Aphrodite
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