July 21, 2019
I only have one quote for you today! Sorry about that! I didn’t sleep well last night, so I’m going to take a nap! At least a short one!
How did butterflies get their English name?
No one knows for sure, since the word has been in the English language for centuries. The word was “buterfleoge” in Old English, which means “butterfly” in our English today. Because it is such an old word, we don’t really know who or when someone said “That ‘thing’ over there is a ‘butterfly’.” One story is that they were named so because it was thought that butterflies, or witches that took on the shape of butterflies, stole milk and butter. (Someone else wondered if the word was really meant to be “flutter-by” ). In other languages, the word for our fluttery friends has no such derivation as “butter” + “fly”. One can only speculate on why the English language uses such an unlikely name.
fascinating facts about butterflies
- Butterfly wings are transparent
- Butterflies taste with their feet
- Butterflies live on an all-liquid diet
- A butterfly must assemble its proboscis as soon as it emerges from the chrysalis
- Butterflies drink from mud puddles
- Butterflies can’t fly if they’re cold
What is unique about butterflies?
The scales, which are arranged in colorful designs unique to each species, are what gives the butterfly its beauty. Like all other insects, butterflies have six legs and three main body parts: head, thorax (chest or mid section) and abdomen (tail end). They also have two antennae and an exoskeleton.
What can Butterflies do?
Most adult butterflies drink nectar from flowers through their tongues, which function much like straws. A minority of butterflies almost never visits flowers, instead gaining sustenance from tree sap, rotting animal matter, and other organic material. Butterfly caterpillars almost all eat plant matter.
AND A DRAGONFLY!
Fun Facts About Dragonflies:
- Dragonflies don’t sting and generally don’t bite people.
- They have been around for 300 million years. …
- When first hatched, the larva or nymphs live in the water for around a year. …
- People in Indonesia like to eat them for a snack.
- Having a dragonfly land on your head is considered good luck.
Hope everyone is having a great day!!
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi