Did you know a group of butterflies is officially called a kaleidoscope? If you’re looking for interesting facts about butterflies, we’ve got you! Here’s a complete list of butterfly facts you didn’t know about.
We put them in two printable coloring pages so you and your kiddo can color as you learn!
Butterfly’s Life Cycles and 12 More Facts
Did you know that butterflies are cold-blooded animals? Or that there are thousands of different species of butterfly? Or that a popular belief is that seeing a black butterfly means a change in some cultures? There’s so much to learn about these cute insects!
And I believe the easiest way to learn is through coloring pages. Let’s get started!
- A butterfly is an insect.
- Butterflies have four wings, three body parts, and six legs.
- There are between 15,000 and 20,000 different species of butterflies, and they can be found on every continent – except the Antarctic!
- Adult butterflies only live for an average of a few weeks.
- The largest species in the world is the female Queen Alexandra’s birdwing, with a wingspan of over 9,8 inches!
- The smallest butterfly is the Western Blue Pigmy, which is only 0,7 inches across.
- A caterpillar hatches from a butterfly egg.
- The butterfly caterpillars make a chrysalis.
- The chrysalis becomes a butterfly.
- The difference between a cocoon and a chrysalis is in the type of bug hatched from it. A cocoon turns into a moth, while a chrysalis turns a butterfly.
- Butterflies need heat to be able to move.
- Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet, meaning they taste with their feet!
Download Printable Butterfly Facts PDF File
Because we know how much you love butterflies, here are some extra butterfly facts for you!
- Butterflies have beautiful wings in different colors and sizes depending on the butterfly species.
- Butterfly wings are covered by tiny scales that give butterflies their bright colors and patterns.
- The monarch butterfly is in danger of extinction because of habitat loss, pesticides, and climate change.
- The Monarch butterfly travels long distances every year, starting in the late summer from North America to Central Mexico or the coast of California.
- The average adult butterfly is about 30mm in wingspan.
- Butterfly’s wings get their distinct color forms from chemical pigments that absorb light and reflect others.
- A good way to distinguish female monarch butterflies from a male monarch butterfly is that males have a small black spot on the top surface of the hind wings, and female butterflies do not.
- Butterflies cannot regulate their own body temperature.
- Butterflies can sense and emit ultraviolet light waves.
- The most common butterflies are Monarch, Orange sulfur (known for their bright orange wings) and Viceroy butterflies, which live all the way from Southern Canada throughout the USA and down to Mexico.
Take a look at these butterfly crafts from Kids Activities Blog
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What butterfly fact was your favorite?