Did You Know?
the branch of zoology concerned with the study of insects.
Many entomologists specialize in a single order or even a family of insects, and a number of these subspecialties are given their own informal names, typically (but not always) derived from the scientific name of the group:
Lepidopterology - study of moths and butterflies
Fun Facts About Butterflies!
1. Butteflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.
2. Some people say that when the black bands on the Woolybear caterillar are wide, a cold winter is coming.
3. Butterflies can see yellow, red and green.
4. Butteflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.
5. Monarch butterflies journey from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico about a 2000 mile flight and then return again in the spring to the north.
6. Antarctica is the only continent on which Lepidoptera's have not been found
7. Top butterfly flight speed is 12 miles per hour. Some moths can fly 25 miles per hour!
8. There are about 24,000 species of Butterflies. Moths are even more with about 140,000 different species counted worldwide.
9. Some adult moths never eat anything as adults because they don't have mouths. They must live with the energy they stored as caterpillars.
10. Many Butterflies can taste with their feet to find out whether the leaf they sit on is good to lay eggs to be their caterpillars food or not