Photo by: Joanne
Butterflies use their colorful wings
to fly from flower to flower to drink the nectar through their long
curly tongue which is also known as their proboscis.
Did you know that there are approximately
15,000 different types of butterflies?
The proboscis or tongue is tubular
and hollow and allows a butterfly to suck and feed the
nectar from flowers. When blood is pumped into the proboscis
it uncurls and behaves like a drinking straw.
A butterfly's body is covered
with millions of soft sensory hairs.
Butterflies are insects and all insects
have six legs.. The
three body parts of a butterfly are the Head, Thorax and Abdomen.
Eyes - The adult butterfly has two compound
eyes, each with lots of little eyeballs grouped together.
Antennae - The head of a butterfly has
the two antennae which are long and skinny with little knobs at the
ends. They help the butterfly to smell and to balance..
Tongue - The
proboscis is coiled just below the head of a butterfly. It
is used like a straw to drink nectar.
All butterflies have four wings, a pair
of large fore wings at the top and a pair of hind wings below which
are attached to the thorax.
Their wings have veins running through
them for support and for nourishment. The wings are made up of
thousands of tiny colorful scales. The uppersides and undersides of
their wings are usually entirely different colors.
When a butterfly hatches from its chrysalis
its wings are wet and crumpled. The pumped blood supply helps
to open up the wings and dry them out for flight.
The underside of some butterflies look
totally different from the brightly colored upperside.
Butterflies have six legs
(3 pairs) that are attached to the thorax.. They have four
long legs and two shorter legs. Their legs are used for tasting
Abdomin: (tail end)
The skeleton of a butterfly
is on the outside of its body to help protect it.