Caterpillar To Butterfly: Some Fascinating Facts


Caterpillar To Butterfly: Some Fascinating Facts

Who doesn’t love to see a colorful butterfly floating from flower to flower? They are one of the adorable living species we are blessed with. By looking at them, we are fascinated so much that sometimes we feel like knowing more about the species. The origin, growth from caterpillar to butterfly, life cycle and body art of a butterfly are some facts we can explore.

So, here are some fascinating facts to share with you. Read on to know multiple interesting facts about the beautiful butterflies.

Caterpillar To Butterfly: Some Fascinating Facts
Caterpillar To Butterfly: Some Fascinating Facts

What Is A Caterpillar?

It is the larval stage of insects like butterflies and moths, which are known as Lepidoptera. Most of the caterpillars as usually herbivorous, which means that they depend upon green leaves and vegetables. We all know that they are excellent sources of silk. In fact, not all the species of caterpillars are the sources of silk and some are the sources of human or animal food and pesticides. The size of a caterpillar can vary between 1 mm and 14 cm. As they grow rapidly, they transform into butterflies and attain some special qualities. This growth process is quite fascinating.

How Long Does A Butterfly Survive?

As the caterpillar transforms into a mature butterfly, it doesn’t live long. Usually, the life of a full-length butterfly varies between 2 to 4 short weeks. During this time, it depends on food and mating as much as possible. Some types of butterflies are very tiny and blue colored. Their life span is even shorter than the others. They may live for 1-2 weeks only. Interestingly, some butterflies overwinter as adults and they may survive for as long as nine months.

Caterpillar To Butterfly: Some Fascinating Facts
Caterpillar To Butterfly: Some Fascinating Facts

Butterflies Have Transparent Wings

Did you know that the beautiful wings of butterflies are actually transparent? This may sound absurd as we see the wings are so gorgeously colorful. The fact is that these wings are filled with tiny scales, which reflect in different vibrant colors. The primary layer of butterfly wings is made of chitin, which is transparent. If you don’t know what chitin is, it is the same protein, which forms the exoskeleton of an insect. If you observe closely you will see that the old butterflies look dull as the wings look more transparent. The reason is that the chitin layer becomes apparent as the scales start to fall off.

How Do Butterflies Hunt Food?

When a butterfly sits on a fermented fruit in front of our eyes, it tastes with its legs. This fact is even more interesting. Butterflies have taste receptors on no other place but their feet. This system helps them to locate food from the host plants. A female butterfly looks for food by flying from one to another plant and drumming the leaves with her feet. When she reaches the host plants, she is able to hunt food. Also, another organ helps them to find food sources and it is the chemoreceptors. It is located at the spine and it helps them to locate the right sources.

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