Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Busy Butterfly

I was watching the butterfly while I was at the gazebo. It was hopping from one flower to the other. Butterflies feed on nectar from the flowers. They nourished themselves from pollen and rotting fruit as well as from the dissolved minerals in wet sand and soil. No wonder I saw them just walking on the dirt earlier.

From what I read, "butterflies sip water from damp patches for hydration and feed on nectar from flowers, from which they obtain sugars for energy as well as sodium and other minerals vital for reproduction."

They use their antennae to sense the air for wind and scents. The antennae are covered with sensory organs called sensillae. Did you know that a butterfly's sense of taste is 200 times better compared to humans? "Many butterflies use chemical signals, pheromones, and specialized scent scales." That's all for now folks! Thanka for stopping by.

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