A butterfly has three pairs of legs, giving it a total of six legs. Classified as an insect, a butterfly has a triple segmented body, jointed legs in pairs of three, antennae and wings. More »

According to The Children's Butterfly Site, there are approximately 12,000 to 15,000 species of butterflies in the world, and scientists believe there are thousands of species that have not yet been found. According to T... More »

A typical number of caterpillar legs is 16, but it varies depending on the stage and the type of caterpillar. All caterpillars have a pair of three true legs attached to the thorax. More »

In order to survive a butterfly needs food, shelter and air to breathe. Most butterflies will get their food needs from the nectar found in flowers, which they suck up with their tongues, but some butterflies also drink ... More »

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. More »

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. More »

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 Ale... More »