An adult dragonfly may live for several months after leaving its water-born nymph phase. However, if accounting for the entirety of the insect's life cycle from hatching until death, the life of a dragonfly could span several years.
A:Each species of moth has its own specific scientific name consisting of the genus and species to which the moth belongs. There are many genuses of moths and over 160,000 species. This is because moths are paraphyletic, meaning they belong to a group containing some descendants of a common ancestor.
A:According to the Lepidopterists' Society, the average lifespan of an adult moth varies by species. For instance, sphinx moths typically live two to three months, silkworm moths survive only about one week after emerging from their cocoons and yucca moths die within two days.
A:The length of a caterpillar's life varies tremendously and depends upon its species, but most caterpillars stay in their larval stage for a few months before entering a cocoon. They then emerge from this pupae stage as moths or butterflies.
A:Caterpillars live mostly in hedges and bushes. They can often be found in a garden or backyard, where they live on the underside of leaves of their host plants to hide from predators. Caterpillars are also found in dark places, like long grass.
A:As of August 2014, entomologists are not exactly sure why moths are attracted to flames or artificial lights, but three prevailing theories include how moths navigate, how moths breed and how bright the moon is at night. One theory is that moths are distracted by lights that are not moonlight, and another is that some portions of infrared light are the same types of energy given off by female moths.
A: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.
A:The amount of time a moth can remain in the pupal stage of development, during which it exists in a cocoon, can vary based of the type of moth. The duration can range from two to four weeks, up to several years.
A: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.
A:The azalea caterpillar is a caterpillar that primarily feeds on indica azalea plants. They heavily consume vegetation, but they are harmless to humans. Azalea caterpillars have been found in Florida, Maryland, Kansas and Arkansas.
A:The monarch butterfly, or "Danaus plexippus," is a common butterfly with a large habitat due to its migration from North America to central Mexico. However, this migration pattern is considered a threatened phenomenon, and both the US and Mexican government are taking steps to make sure that these butterflies are protected during migration. Monarchs are also found in the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, Canary Islands and Western Europe.
A:According to HowStuffWorks, the time required for a caterpillar to pupate (change into an adult butterfly or moth) averages about two weeks. However, the exact time that the caterpillar stays in the cocoon varies by species.
A:Although most moths do not bite, rare species from the genus Calyptra do sometimes bite human beings to feed on their blood, according to DermNet NZ. Usually, however, moths do not actively attempt to harm human beings or other mammals.
A:The third stage of a caterpillar’s life is the chrysalis, and it can vary from weeks to months or even years. The monarch butterfly lays dormant inside it’s chrysalis for approximately 2 weeks before coming out, while the anise swallowtail can take years to emerge.