A group of butterflies is officially called a kaleidoscope, although they are sometimes referred to as a swarm. Groups of caterpillars are called an army.Continue Reading
The world is home to around 20,000 species of butterflies. Mexico has a population of about 2,000 specie while the rest of North America hosts more than 700 species. In the United States, any particular area is home to about 100 species of butterfly.
Most butterflies have a life span of about a month, with some smaller species living only for one week. The longest-living butterflies include the monarchs and mourning cloaks that live for around nine months.
Some longer-living butterflies migrate during the year, flying south during the cold winter months and returning to the north in the spring and summer. The routes the butterflies follow vary by species.Learn more about Butterflies & Moths
Poisonous butterflies can be identified by bright colors or warning markings. For instance, the goliath birdwing from Indonesia has bright yellow and green wings. The color warns predators to stay away.Full Answer >
Lepidoptera is the term for the scientific order that includes moths as well as butterflies. Members of the animal kingdom, butterflies are further classified as members of the arthropod phylum and the insect class.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 >
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 >