Monday, 22 August 2011
Facts about the Swallowtail Butterfly
The swallowtail butterfly lives in a variety of habitats all over the world. They are fast-flying but short lived and busily go about their business gliding from flower to flower in search of energy-giving nectar.
These butterflies have boldly patterned wings with dark lace-work. These wings are designed not only to confuse predators but to attracted a mate.
1) The short ‘tails’ on the hind-wings is where this beautiful butterfly takes it’s name.
2) Males and females often have completely different wing colours and patterns.
3) There are over 500 species of Swallowtail butterfly worldwide.
4) The caterpillar exudes unpleasant chemicals from a forked gland to protect itself.
5) Wingspan: 4.4 – 20 cm
6) Caterpillar length: 6 – 7 cm
7) Number of eggs: 100 – 200
8′) Caterpillar stage: Approx 30 days
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