March 14th is Learn About Butterflies Day!

Posted: March 14, 2014 in General
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So since today is Learn About Butterflies Day, we thought we’d share some interesting butterfly facts that are a little less known. Here are 7 bizarre butterfly facts. We hope you enjoy!

Bizarre Butterfly Facts:

1.)

Did you know butterflies taste with their feet? Though adult butterflies can only sustain themselves on fluids such as nectar, it’s important for them to find plants to lay their eggs that their offspring will be able to eat. They do so, using taste receptors on their feet and spines with chemoreceptors on the back of their legs.

2.)

Speaking of taste, butterflies are famous for indulging in nectar, but they also do something known as puddling to get all the proper nutrients. Puddling is when a butterfly drinks from a mud puddle. Though it sounds no where near as tasty as nectar, mud puddles contain minerals the butterflies need, especially for mating. Even less classy than drinking mud, are the eating habits of a certain butterfly known as the Red Admiral, who prefer animal dung and rotting fruit.

The Red Admiral Butterfly may look pretty, but there is nothing pretty about those eating habits.

The Red Admiral Butterfly may look pretty, but there is nothing pretty about those eating habits.

3.)

Butterflies don’t poop! Since a butterfly’s diet consists of only liquids, and the butterfly’s body uses up nearly all of those liquids, they put out very little waste. Even when a butterfly does produce waste, it still is mostly expelling only water at that point, and does so by releasing a spray of liquid when they’ve had too much to drink. Caterpillars on the other hand, are a completely different story. Unlike their more graceful adult counterparts, caterpillars are constantly eating and defecating.

4.)

Butterflies don’t technically sleep. They do however have a resting period known as quiescence. They do this when it is cloudy or when it is nighttime.

5.)

If a butterfly’s body temperature drops below 85 degrees Fahrenheit, it cannot fly. Since butterflies are cold-blooded, the temperature of their surroundings plays a crucial part in their body temperatures. On a chilly day, a butterfly can try to warm up enough to be able to fly by basking in the sun or shivering its wings until the muscles needed for flight are warm enough.

6.)

Butterflies don’t have lungs. They actually breathe through tiny openings on their body known as spiracles.

7.)

In the Amazon, butterflies will literally drink the tears of turtles. It sounds bizarre, but the sodium found in the turtles’ tears is vital for the butterflies, and otherwise hard for the butterflies to come by.

Mmm Mmm! Don't mind us, we're just sustaining ourselves off your sorrow. No biggie.

Mmm Mmm! Don’t mind us, we’re just sustaining ourselves off your sorrow. No biggie.

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