Some adaptations of butterflies include wing colorings that mimic the colorings of toxic species, clear membranes that allow butterflies to fly even after the scales of their wings have been rubbed off. Butterflies also move to shaded areas when the temperature is hot.Continue Reading
The wing colors and patterns of butterflies are one of their most visible adaptations. Some butterflies have wing patterns that allow them to blend into their surroundings, while others have colorings that make predators believe they are poisonous. Still other butterflies have wing patterns that look like eyes, making them appear larger and scarier to enemies.
Although many children are told that touching a butterfly's wings ruins them and makes it impossible for the butterfly to fly, that is not true. Butterflies have adapted to have a clear membrane underneath their wings, and this protects the integrity of their wings.
As butterflies deal with rising temperatures, many of them adapt by seeking shelter in cooler habitats. Others expand their range into cooler areas or higher altitudes. However, only a small portion of butterflies are making this adjustment. Scientists in Spain have discovered that for every 1 degree Celsius increase in temperature, approximately 1 percent of the butterflies hide in cooler areas.
Butterflies adapt relatively quickly, making them an ideal subject for studies about evolution. Scientists examine how butterflies develop different mate preferences, and they argue that this leads to adaptations that go much deeper than just color variation.Learn more about Butterflies & Moths
Painted Lady butterflies are the most wide-ranging species of butterfly in the world, leading some to call them cosmopolitan butterflies. While they inhabit five continents, they cannot live in Antarctica because of the cold temperatures, and they are unable to reach the island continent of Australia because of its isolation. Painted Ladies undergo yearly migrations, leaving their warm winter homes for their breeding grounds located in more temperate climates.Full Answer >
There are over 20,000 butterfly species in the world, including swallowtails, skippers and cabbage white butterflies. Swallowtails are often recognized by green or blue scales on their wings. Skippers are identifiable by white patches in the center of their hind wings. Cabbage white butterflies are small in size and typically have one to two black dots on each wing.Full Answer >
There are approximately 20,000 species of butterflies existing in the world today. Since 1968, the number of new species of butterflies has increased dramatically.Full Answer >
A number of species of morpho butterflies have blue wing coloration, but the main species referred to as blue morpho are the Menelaus Blue Morpho and the Peleides Blue Morpho. Both are found in Central and South America, and both species have similar diets and habitats.Full Answer >