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.Continue Reading
True butterflies are distinguished from moths and so-called skippers by the super-family taxonomic designation Papilionoidea. Papillon is the French term for butterfly.
The work of botanist Carl Linnaeus led to the scientific naming system used to identify plants and animals. The Lepidoptera group accounts for an estimated 7 percent of the planet's living creatures and includes over 100,000 different species. Lepidoptera are characterized by large, often colorful wings covered in scales.Learn more about Butterflies & Moths
Young butterflies are known as larva. They hatch from butterfly eggs that are laid on a variety of plants by female butterflies. Larva may also be called caterpillars.Full Answer >
Use homemade butterfly nectar to attract butterflies to any area of your yard that you wish. To make butterfly nectar, you need granulated sugar, water, a pot, a long spoon and your stove.Full Answer >
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 >
Some butterflies may only live a few days and others close to a year. The amount of time butterflies live is based on their species, according to Butterflies and Moths of North America.Full Answer >