Butterflies have existed far longer than we have. They first appeared 100 million years ago, whereas Man has been here for a mere five million years. They are found almost everywhere, from sea level to mountain top, from Arctic Tundra through the deserts of Africa and Asia, to the lush tropical regions where they are most abundant and brilliant. Butterflies come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The largest have wingspans of up to 300 mm (12 in), while the smallest pygmy moth has a wingspan of only 3 mm(0.1 in). And their colours are just as varied. In fact, no two butterflies are exactly alike. In this short presentation we will look briefly at the strange and wonderful life cycle of the butterfly.
The Life Cycle of the Butterfly by Catherine Carabott Metamorphosis
Some poisonous and bad-tasting butterflies use their bright colours to advertise they are not eatable
Colour as a camouflage:
To protect themselves from enemies by blending into the environment.
Colour as a mimicry device:
To imitate another insect which is dangerous so that they are avoided by their enemies
Different types of butterflies Queen Alexandras Birdwing The biggest butterfly The Dwarf Blue The smallest butterfly The Painted Lady A migrating species The Cabbage White butterfly The most common butterfly found in Malta.
Some Butterflies of the Maltese Islands Swallow Tail Farfett tal-Fej[el Plain Tiger Farfett ta’ Danaus
Some Butterflies of the Maltese Islands Pigmy Skipper Ba]ri Common Blue Farfett ta’ l-An[lu
Some Butterflies of the Maltese Islands Red Admiral Farfett tal-}urrieq Painted Lady Farfett tax-Xewk