Butterflies use muscles to move their wings and take flight. The wings are made of a thin, translucent material called chitin that covers a framework of small veins. Butterflies need the correct weather conditions becaus... More »

Butterflies move by using their wing muscles to fly. However, butterflies cannot move if their wing muscles get too cold. Their bodies work most effectively at an internal temperature of approximately 82 degrees Fahrenhe... More »

Nocturnal birds, such as owls and nighthawks, always fly at night, and some other species of birds, such as thrushes, vireos, nuthatches and many sparrows, fly at night during migration periods only. Most species of bird... More »

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 ... More »

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. More »

The proper method of preserving butterflies for framing varies depending on whether the insects are captured live or dead: most are frozen or placed in preservative chemicals or paper envelopes. Some techniques for prese... More »

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. More »