A butterfly's tongue is called a proboscis. It is a very complex system that is used to ingest the nourishment that the butterfly needs to be able to mate and lay eggs.Continue Reading
The proboscis of a butterfly is made up of two parts. Each side has nerves, a trachea and muscles. The two parts fuse together much like a zipper. Once the proboscis is zipped up, it forms a food canal that the butterfly uses to suck up liquids.
Some butterflies shoot water from their rears to help dissolve some solids so that they may be sucked up through the proboscis. Others can regurgitate onto food to be dissolved.Learn more about Butterflies & Moths
A butterfly's wingspan can range from a 1/2 inch to 1 foot in length from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other. The blue pygmy butterfly, which is native to California, is the smallest species, while the Queen Alexandra's birdwing is the largest.Full Answer >
Preserve a butterfly specimen by relaxing, pinning and drying the specimen. Relaxing and drying are necessary to prevent the specimen from breaking or molding in the future.Full Answer >
A baby butterfly is called an egg, which is the first of the four stages of life a butterfly will go through. An egg is small and hardened on the exterior. It sticks to a leaf by a rapidly hardening glue.Full Answer >
A butterfly chrysalis is made out of chitin. Caterpillars shed their skin several times as they grow; each skin is made out of chitin. A chrysalis is a special, very hard layer of chitin that grows straight out of the insect just like all the previous skins.Full Answer >