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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
I developed a new technique of removing the scales of butterfly wings to reveal the amazing architecture that lies underneath. Check out these first pictures of “Skeletonized Butterflies”.
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 […]
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 […]