With a small handful of exceptions, all insects begin life as an egg. Once they hatch, they go through several stages of physical development in their lifetime. The physiological changes that occur and differentiate one stage of an insect’s life from another is called metamorphosis. While some insect species go through what is called “incomplete […]
The swallowtail butterfly is a name for a number of species of butterfly that fall under the family Papilionidae. There are over 550 different species of swallowtail and they exist on every continent except for Antarctica. These beautiful, colorful, and surprisingly durable insects have been observed living in even the coldest northern reaches of Siberia […]
The life of a butterfly is hard. Sometimes it is too cold to go out and other times it is too hot. Still other times there is not enough to eat or drink around. Luckily, butterflies have evolved some tricks to survive these periods of adverse weather and food/water shortages. Butterflies have adapted to survive […]
Most people are familiar with many kinds of butterfly, The wings of butterflies are often their most distinguishing feature and come in many different shapes, colors, textures, and patterns. But, do you know how a butterfly wing works, or what it is made out of? Butterfly wings do more than just facilitate flight. Their patterns […]
Eleanor Lutz is a designer in Seattle who has a molecular biology degree and used to work in a mosquito lab. Now she creates incredible science info graphics, that are often animated. Her latest work caught my attentions showing some of the butterflies of North America. Imagine if I could animate my framed butterflies like […]
Caterpillars grow to about 27,000 times the size it was when it first emerged from its egg. If a human baby weighed 9 pounds at birth and grew at the same rate as a caterpillar, it would weigh 243,000 pounds when fully grown!
Swallowtail butterflies are a group of butterflies in the butterfly family Papilionidae (papilio means butterfly & moth in Latin). There are an estimated 550 known species and hundreds more waiting to be discovered. The common name, Swallowtail, comes from the fact that a majority of the members of this group of butterflies have an extension […]
Monarch butterflies are probably the best-known species of butterfly in North America. They are famous for their long migrations south before the northern winter frosts kill their eggs and adults. These migrations are one of the most amazing in nature and individuals can travel up to 2,000 miles from home. In North America, the migration patterns […]