More Amazing Butterflies

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Now that the warmer weather is upon us, have you been seeing any butterflies?

These light-as-air critters are a wonder to behold, so let’s continue on with our series, Amazing Butterflies.

Today, we are going to feature some truly spectacular specimens, so don’t leave without checking them out!

Giant Owl Butterfly

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On both its wings, this butterfly has two eye-spots that look like owl’s eyes – this is where it gets its name from.  

The giant owl butterfly can grow up to 7.9 inches. It lives in the rainforest of Mexico, Central, and South America.

Emerald Swallowtail Butterfly

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Did you know this species of butterfly is often kept in butterfly zoos?  

The Emerald Swallowtail is native to Southeast Asia. The top of its wings can be dark green to black with bright emerald green bands. It can grow to be around 3.9 inches.

Zebra Longwing Butterfly

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Did you know this butterfly’s zebra-like stripes are meant to scare off predators?  

Birds see this crazy pattern and think this butterfly is poisonous. This butterfly will also hang out at night in large groups.

All those stripes flowing together confuse predators and makes it hard for them to grab just one butterfly.  

White Morpho Butterfly

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Did you know this butterfly can be found in Mexico, Central America and as far as Costa Rica?  

This unique butterfly is bright white with some brown markings on top of its wings.  On the underside of its wings, it has a row of small eye-spots.

Peacock Pansy Butterfly

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Did you know this butterfly only measures 2.4 inches?  

The Peacock Pansy butterfly also has two different patterns; one for the wet season and one for the dry season.

In the dry season, the underside of its wings looks sort of like a dead leaf.  This helps it to blend into its surroundings.

What do you think of these amazing butterflies?

If you’ve seen one of these or a different butterfly, tell us about it in our comment section.

Do you like to draw? Then sketch us a picture of your favorite butterfly and send to us. You could be featured on our “Show Us Your Stuff Saturdays!”

Be sure to come back next week when we finish up our Amazing Butterflies series. We’ll also be giving you some tips on how to attract butterflies to your own backyard!

You won’t want to miss it!

 

 

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