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8/27/2014 5:56:06 PM
How do butterflies/moths spread their wings after emerging?
The process of a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis is called eclosion. Eclosion is controlled by hormones. These hormones are released to soften the chrysalis and to trigger the central nervous system begin the movements needed to complete the emergence process. If you look closely at a chrysalis you can […]
8/27/2014 5:50:08 PM
How do butterflies use their wing colors?
Butterfly wings are made of two protein membranes that are covered in thousands of scales and tiny hairs. These wing scales are overlapping pieces of the protein chitin and are modified, plate-like setae. The colors and patterns of butterfly and moth wings come from these layers of tiny scales. There […]
8/27/2014 5:30:18 PM
How can you determine the sex of a butterfly?
Being able to tell the difference between male and female butterflies and moths can be easily determined or difficult depending on the species. Some species such as the Painted Lady butterfly look the same in color and markings and can only be differentiated by examining anatomical structures. Males tend to […]
7/27/2014 5:53:42 PM
What is the smallest and largest butterfly/moth found at Reiman Gardens
The world’s largest butterfly is the Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing. It has a wingspan of 12 inches and is native to Papua New Guinea. The world’s smallest butterfly is the Western Pygmy Blue. It has a wingspan of 0.5 to 0.75 inch and is native to the western U.S. The world’s […]
11/2/2013 8:01:49 PM
What is the difference of a butterfly and moth
Butterflies and moths both belong to the order of insects called Lepidoptera. It is difficult to draw a distinct dividing line between the two groups. Many people refer to butterflies as being diurnal, active during the day, and moths being nocturnal, active at night. There are many exceptions to this […]
10/11/2013 10:03:50 PM
What do we do with the dead butterflies and moths
Death as we all know is part of the life cycle for all creatures. Everyone is always curious about what happens to all of our butterflies when they die. Picking up the dead is part of our daily routine in the lab. On average 20-25 butterflies are picked up each […]
10/11/2013 10:01:25 PM
What are the different life stages of a butterfly?
Using the Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) as a model we will look at the four different stages of the butterfly or moth life cycle. Eggs: Female butterfly oviposits on the larval host plant. Eggs hatch within days, many caterpillars eat the eggshell upon hatching. Eggs can be laid singularly or […]
7/27/2013 2:46:13 PM
How long does a butterfly or moth live
It is hard to give a quick response on how long a butterfly or moth might live as it varies greatly from species to species. It is also important, when talking about longevity of a butterflies or moths, to consider the times of all four of their live stages and not […]