Butterfly Facts & Trivia

Butterfly Facts

  • Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.
  • The Brimstone butterfly is the longest living (10 months).
  • Butterflies can range in size from 1/8″ to nearly 12 inches.
  • Butterflies have history as far back as 3500 years (Egyptian frescoes at Thebes).
  • Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is under 86 degrees.
  • Lepidoptera is not found on the continent of Antarctica, the only continent to not have them.
  • There are about 24,000 species of butterflies.
  • Most butterflies can taste with their feet.
  • Butterflies use the taste in their feet to find leaves which are good to lay their eggs.
  • Originally, butterflies were called “flutterby.”
  • A Butterfly’s antennae is always knobbed.
  • The color of a butterfly is from tiny scales that are on their wings.
  • Adult butterflies do not go to the bathroom.
  • Butterflies can travel from 5 mph to a top speed of 30 mph.
  • The Monarch Butterfly loves to travel and will go as far as 2500 miles.
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Lepidoptera

Butterfly Movies

  • Flight of the Butterflies (2012)
  • The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies-A PBS Video (2009)The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
  • Butterfly (1982)

Butterfly Songs

  • Bullet With Butterfly Wings, by Smashing Pumpkins
  • Butterfly, by Jason Mraz
  • Butterfly, by Mariah Carey
  • Butterfly, by Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Butterfly Kisses, by Bob Carlisle
  • The Elusive Butterfly, Bob Lind

Famous Butterflies

  • The Three Butterflies, Stories for Kids

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