Butterfly Facts


Butterfly Facts and Fun TidbitsButterflies range in size, from less than 1 inch to nearly 12 inches across, depending on the species.

The fastest butterflies, (the skippers) can fly as fast as 37 miles per hour.

Most other butterflies travel at 5 – 12 miles per hour.

Monarchs can travel between 50 – 100 miles a day; it can take up to two months to complete their journey to winter habitats.

Butterflies cannot fly when their body temperature is below 86 degrees.

Butterflies have not been found to exist in the Antarctica.

The average lifespan of an adult butterfly is about 2 week.

The longest living butterfly is the Brimstone butterfly, which can live between 9 – 10 months.

Butterflies live off of an all-liquid diet made up of nectar, sap, and juices from fruit.

Butterflies taste with their feet so they can determine if what they are standing on is edible.

Butterflies are nearsighted, with good visibility within 10 – 12 feet, and they can discriminate between colors.

Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow easily.

Butterflies have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, called the exoskeleton, which keeps water inside their bodies so they don’t dehydrate.

You cannot kill a butterfly by simply touching it, however you might rub off some of the colorful miniature scales on its wings.

The word butterfly is derived from the expression “butter-colored fly”.

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