Butterflies for me are the most beautiful creatures Mother Nature has created. I recently came across some interesting facts about them that I didn’t know before, which I felt like sharing…
• Butterflies can see ultraviolet light. It helps them in finding nectar in flowers.
• Their legs have a sense of taste. They function much like our tongue, it helps them in distinguishing food that can be eaten or not.
• They cannot fly if their body temperature is below 30 Degree Celsius.
• The base of a butterfly’s wings is formed by extremely thin layers of chitin and they are transparent. The chitin is then covered by tiny scales which have pigments in them that create black and brown tones, but the bright colours seen on butterfly wings is a result of the structure of the scales. The scales scatter and reflect the light in the form of different colours, producing the beautifully coloured wings we have come to associate with butterflies.
• Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.
• Butterflies and insects have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, called the exoskeleton. This protects the insect and keeps water inside their bodies so they don’t dry out.