By Saroj Swain
21 Nov 2013
A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect. Butterflies are found all over the world and in all types of environments: hot and cold, dry and moist, at sea level and high in the mountains. Most butterfly species, however, are found in tropical areas, especially tropical rainforests. About 12,000 or more butterflies are existing in this earth. Many butterflies migrate in order to avoid adverse environmental conditions (like cold weather). Butterfly migration is not well understood. Most migrate relatively short distances (like the Painted Lady, the Red Admiral, and the Common Buckeye), but a few (like some Monarchs) migrate thousands of miles.
There are butterflies and moths on every continent on Earth except Antarctica. Most moth caterpillars make cocoons, but butterfly caterpillars don't make cocoons.The average life of a butterfly is about one month but some live only a few days. There are a few--like the Monarch--that can live as long as 8 months. Most butterflies are not good pollinators because pollen doesn't stick to their legs and tongues. The Monarch, however, is a good pollinator and it loves milkweeds. Pro-tect and plant milkweed. Moths, however, are good polli-nators, especially hummingbird moths.
Threat to butterflies- Some butterflies may be in trouble because of habitat loss. Because of the destruction of forests and grasslands, some types of butterflies have nowhere to feed and lay eggs. To help, some people plant a butterfly garden with flowers having lots of nectar for butterflies to feed on. Some people also keep plants that butterflies lay eggs on, and enjoy watching the caterpillars hatch out and feed on the plant. Chemical sprays that are used to keep pests away from garden plants, also kill butterflies.
I have just tried to take few snaps of butterflies available in nature without any tripod. I hope you will like the photographs and provide your valuable comments. Thanks for visiting my page.
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