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Butterflies The Majestic Pollinator

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The Beautiful Butterfly

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The Majestic Butterfly

Butterflies are beautiful flying insects with large brightly colored wings and conspicuous fluttering flight. The butterflies body is covered by tiny sensory nerves. The four wings and six legs of the butterfly are attached to the thorax. The thorax contains the muscles that make the legs and wings move

How do Butterflies Survive

In order for a butterfly to survive, it 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 tea sap.

Many butterflies produce scents that attract the opposite sex. Many of the scents often smell like the flowers they are attracted to and visit. The scent of these butterfly-pollinated flowers might have evolved as an adaptation that made use of the existing attractiveness of these scents.

The Well Kept Secret Pollinator - The Butterfly

Though butterflies may not be as efficient as bees pollinating plants and crops, butterflies certainly do their fair share in bringing about seed and fruit production, and definitely are more pleasing to watch. Butterflies are day time creatures.

The Overlooked Pollinator

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Where Butterflies typically visit

1. Flowers that are in clusters and provide landing platforms.

2. Flowers that are brightly colored, especially, red, yellow and orange.

3. Flowers that open during the day.

4. Flowers that are ample nectar producers.

5. Flowers that lie in clusters of small flowers such as Goldenrod.

Butterfly Garden Flowers

1. Phlox- Phlox is a low growing spreading plant that gives a blanket of blooms all summer.

2. Coneflower - (Echinacea) is one of the best flowers for attracting butterflies

3. Lantana

4. Bluestar

5. Pot Marigolds

6. Black eyed Susan

7. Blazing Star

8. Heliotrope

Picture of a Cone Flowers

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When Do Butterflies Come Out?

The best time to see a butterfly is when they are at their most active between 12 noon and 3 pm, on sunny days.

When the sun shines on the trees, you can see them fluttering in large clusters.

Butterflies do not fly at night.

Do Butterflies Sleep?

When butterflies cannot keep their temperature at activity levels, or if its cloudy or at night the butterly rests. Butterflies however, always have their eyes open since they do not have eyelids.

What is the Life Span of a Butterfly?

While some butterflies only live as long as 7 to 10 days, other have a life span of about 150-180 days. Still other can survive up to 365 days. A 365 day life span is likely to be the maximum for a butterfly.

For many species it is the climate that dictates the life span.