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The Life of A Butterfly

A butterfly is a flying insect whose beauty captives both children and adults alike. With only a very short lifespan of, on average, only two weeks, it takes time and effort for a butterfly to transform (metamorphosis) from an egg through the various stages to become an adult.

 

A female butterfly will lay tiny eggs on a large leaf with special glue and they will stay there for 5 days after which a small caterpillar (looks a lot like a worm) will emerge and will begin to eat the leaf it was laid on and then the surrounding leaves and flowers to grow big and strong. During this phase, it will shed its skin several times as it gets bigger.

 

The next stage is when the caterpillar has stopped growing it will create a chrysalis (a protective covering similar to the colour of its surroundings - usually brown or green to disguise it from animals, birds and other insects) where it begins transforming into a butterfly.  This happens very quickly.  This process can be very tiring for the butterfly and it needs to rest before it is able to use its wings.

 

It is difficult to know for sure exactly how many different species of butterfly there are in the world but experts estimate there are approximately 20,000 (source: www.reference.com)

 

Facts About Butterflies

 

They only fly during the day

The life cycle of a butterfly is:  egg, larva, pupa and adult

Butterflies have four wings

They feed on the nectar from flowers

They taste with their feet

A butterfly's skeleton is on the outside of its body to protect it

They don't have a mouth

The largest species of butterfly in the world is Queen Alexandra's birdwing

A group of butterflies are sometimes called a 'flutter'

They can't fly in temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit

Butterflies often don't excrete their waste but use it for energy

They can see red, green and yellow and use colour vision when searching for food

Butterflies vary in size from 1/8 inch to 10 inches

They smell with their antennae​

 

 

 

Learn More About Butterflies,

See Them and Hold Them at

The Butterfly Park in Benalmadena, Malaga

If you are blessed to live (or visit) in or around the Costa del Sol area you can take the whole family to learn more about these fascinating flying insects at the Butterfly Park in Benalmadena, Malaga (Mariposario de Benalmadena). Set in breathtaking surroundings near to Benalmadena Pueblo, with stunning views of the sea and the coast, and positioned across from The Buddhist Temple (Estupa Tibetana). There are over 1,500 exotic butterflies from around the world flying freely amongst waterfalls and flowers in a magnificent Thai Temple with tranquil music playing to set the mood. There is a gift shop and cafe that is very reasonably priced. A great educational and fun day out.

For more information visit The Butterfly Park website

Win Tickets to The Butterfly Park

We have 8 tickets to give away to two families (four for each). You can win by answering this question:

What is the largest butterfly in the world?

Send your answer to: lynne@kidsonthecosta.net

The first two correct entries received will win four tickets each.