Butterflies Are One Of Nature 's Most Beautiful Creatures Essays

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Butterflies are one of nature’s most beautiful creatures. Scientist believe there are about 24,000 different species of butterflies. "Butter-colored fly" is thought to be the origin of the name butterfly, which applied to the brimstone butterfly one of Britain’s most well-known butterfly. Both butterflies and moths belong to the Lepidoptera family. They have many things in common however the main distinctions between the two are a moth 's antennae are feathery or saw-edged and Moths have a frenulum, which is a wing-coupling device which butterflies do not have. Butterflies go through about four life stages before the end of their life span, which depending on the type of butterfly can be a week or up to a year.
A butterfly’s metamorphosis starts as an egg. Butterfly eggs can come in many textures and shapes. Some may be oval, round, ribbed or have many other features. Butterfly eggs are usually laid on the leaves of plants. These leaves will later become food for the hatching caterpillars. Eggs can be found through the spring, summer, and fall. One of the most interesting parts about butterfly eggs is that if you look close enough you can actually see the tiny caterpillar growing inside of it. The next stage, is the larva stage. When the egg finally hatches a small butterfly larva emerges, which is actually what we call a caterpillar. Caterpillars do not stay in this stage very long. Caterpillars spend this entire stage mostly eating. When the egg hatches, the caterpillar…

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