A butterfly is an insect that has four wings covered with tiny, colorful scales. It typically holds its wings erect when it is at rest. Butterflies have clubbed or dilated antennae and are usually active during the day. More »

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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, a... More »

Butterflies are insects and members of the order Lepidoptera. They number several thousand species ranging from California's tiny blue pygmy butterfly, which possesses a wingspan of just over 1/2 inch, to New Guinea’s Qu... More »

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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 »

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 ... More »

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The monarch butterfly has bright orange, black and white wings that warn predators away. Any animals that try to feed on this butterfly find out quickly that it is both noxious and toxic. More »

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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 »