Colourful insects that are hard at work
Butterflies are an essential part of ecosystems around the world and are most abundant in tropical regions, where most varieties of species have been found. These insects have a proboscis that acts as a mouthpart, allowing a butterfly to sip flower nectar and transport pollen from flower to flower to make pollination possible. Known for their bright colours, a butterfly’s flashy looks help it to attract a mate and trick predators into thinking that it is poisonous.
- IUCN Red List Status: Most are Endangered (at very high risk of extinction in the wild)
- Type: Invertebrate
- Habitat: Mainly in tropical regions around the world
- Diet: Herbivore – flower nectar
- Size: 1/8 of an inch to 12 inches
- Weight: Average weight is 0.5 grams
facts about our animals
Fun Facts about Butterflies
Butterflies taste with their feet.
There are about 24,000 species of butterflies around the world.
Some butterflies, like the monarch, will migrate.
Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.
A butterfly’s skeleton is on the outside of its body, known as an exoskeleton.
Butterflies glue their eggs to leaves.
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