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From Small World Collection by artist Dawn Currie
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Florida White butterfly on native wildflowers. Photographed at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Indian River County Florida.
Butterflies are beautiful, flying insects with large scaly wings. The butterfly's body is covered by tiny sensory hairs. The four wings and the six legs of the butterfly are attached to the thorax. The thorax contains the muscles that make the legs and wings move.
Butterflies are very good fliers. However, they can only fly if their body temperature is above 86 degrees. Butterflies sun themselves to warm up in cool weather. As butterflies age, the color of the wings fades and the wings become ragged. The speed varies among butterfly species. The fastest butterflies (some skippers) can fly at about 30 mile per hour or faster. Slow flying butterflies fly about 5 mph.
Butterflies are found all over the world and in all types of environments: hot and cold, dry and moist, at sea level and high in the mountains. Most butterfly species, however, are found in tropical areas, especially tropical rain forests.
June 10th, 2013
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