I decided to celebrate by making this card:
I also decided to share some facts about butterflies, so we can all learn something! I found these facts on this site (The Butterfly Site).
· Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.
· Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.
· Some people say that when the black bands on the Woolybear caterpillar are wide, a cold winter is coming.
· The top butterfly flight speed is 12 miles per hour. Some moths can fly 25 miles per hour!
· Monarch butterflies journey from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of about 2,000 miles, and return to the north again in the spring.
· Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.
· Representations of butterflies are seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years old.
· Antarctica is the only continent on which no Lepidoptera have been found.
· There are about 24,000 species of butterflies. The moths are even more numerous: about 140,000 species of them were counted all over the world.
· The Brimstone butterfly (Gonepterix rhamni) has the longest lifetime of the adult butterflies: 9-10 months.
· Some Case Moth caterpillars (Psychidae) build a case around themselves that they always carry with them. It is made of silk and pieces of plants or soil.
· The caterpillars of some Snout Moths (Pyralididae) live in or on water-plants.
· The females of some moth species lack wings, all they can do to move is crawl.
· The Morgan's Sphinx Moth from Madagascar has a proboscis (tube mouth) that is 12 to 14 inches long to get the nectar from the bottom of a 12 inch deep orchid discovered by Charles Darwin.
· Some moths never eat anything as adults because they don't have mouths. They must live on the energy they stored as caterpillars.
· Many butterflies can taste with their feet to find out whether the leaf they sit on is good to lay eggs on to be their caterpillars' food or not.
Have a wonderful day and thanks for looking!