Parts of a Butterfly Worksheet
Parts of a Butterfly Worksheet are: -The wing (area between the body and the tip of the wing) -The hindwing (area between the wing and the leg) -The abdomen (area between the hindwing and the thorax) -The head (area between the abdomen and the thorax) A butterfly has four parts: the wing, the hindwing, the abdomen, and the head. The wing is the largest part, and it[sq]s shaped like a triangle. The hindwing is the smallest part, and it[sq]s shaped like a square. The abdomen is the middle part, and it has a lot of different holes in it. The head is the smallest part, and it has a big eye and a antennae.
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Know more about the pretty butterfly with these Parts of a Butterfly Worksheet!
Summary: The butterfly is the flying adult form of Lepidoptera insects. Lepidoptera came from Greek, which means "scaly wings" This name suits butterflies so well because their wings consist of many tiny overlapping scales in rows. Butterflies have three major parts, head, thorax, and abdomen. They experience complete metamorphosis progress, which means they go through four steps life cycle. Butterflies help plants continue the pollination process, which supports them produce fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
What is a Butterfly?
Many people love butterflies because of their beauty. The tiny creature mesmerizes the eyes with its thin and colorful wings. Human's adoration for these flying insects transcends beyond existence, as there are many arts and crafts inspired by butterflies. For Examples: Butterflies by Odilon Redon in 1910, Flower Still Life by Maria van Oosterwijk in 1669, Three Medlars with A Butterfly by Adriaen Coorte in 1705, two Dancers in Butterfly Costumes by Yanagawa Shigenobu I in 1820, and more.
According to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the University of Kentucky, the butterfly is the flying adult form of Lepidoptera insects. Lepidoptera came from Greek, which means "scaly wings" This name suits butterflies so well because their wings consist of many tiny overlapping scales in rows. The scale of the butterflies' wings gives them pretty patterns. The patterns will differ depending on the species of the butterfly. Some people sometimes confuse butterflies with moths, but they are different. Butterflies have clubbed antennae; meanwhile, moths have fuzzy and feathery ones. Butterflies are active in the daytime, but moths are nocturnal. Lastly, butterflies rest their wings in an upright position; meanwhile, moths flat their wings to rest.
What are the Parts of a Butterfly?
Similar to other living creatures, butterflies also have their anatomy. The anatomy will help scientists and biologists to learn and analyze them. Based on the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, butterflies have three major parts, head, thorax, and abdomen. The head of a butterfly consists of extremely vital organs, such as antennae, compound eyes, and proboscis. The compound eyes consist of many tinier eyes, known as ommatidia, with their lenses. They help the butterflies to see their surroundings (forwards, backward, above, and below). The proboscis is the mouth of the butterflies which guides them to suck the flower nectar. Butterflies' thorax consists of six legs and three wings. In some cases, some butterflies also only have four legs. The wings come in three types, pigmented, diffractive, and androconia. Lastly, a butterflies' abdomen has a digestive tract, spiracles, and reproductive organs.
How is the Life Cycle of a Butterfly?
Butterflies are an example of animals that went through a metamorphosis process. Have you ever heard of that term? Metamorphosis is a series of changing progress in an animal's physique. Butterflies experience complete metamorphosis progress, which means they go through four steps life cycle. Below is a detailed explanation of butterfly metamorphosis:
- Egg Stage: A group of female butterflies lay their eggs in a host plant, and the eggs will hatch in five days until three weeks. A female Lepidoptera can lay 200 to 500 eggs of various sizes.
- Larva Stage: When the eggs hatch, a tiny caterpillar appears. This creature's life revolves around eating and eating only as they grow. Caterpillars can eat the host plants' leaves, stems, roots, fruits, seeds, and flowers.
- Pupa Stage: When the caterpillar has grown, it finds a covered area in the host plant, sloughs, and forms a case called a pupa. In this stage of life, the moth forms a silken cocoon; meanwhile, the butterfly makes a chrysalis.
- Adult Stage: When the caterpillar's body develops, they open the pupa and stretch its wings before beginning its new life and restarting the life cycle.
How Many Types of Butterflies Are There?
There are various ways to classify the types of existing butterflies. There are around 17.500 species of these pretty flying insects. According to the Smithsonian Institute, there are six family types of butterflies: Hesperildae (tiny and have the ability to fly at a fast pace), Lycaenidae (Blue and copper colored with hairstreaks), Nymphalidae (also known as brush-footed and has many subfamilies), Papilionidae (also known as swallowtails, because they have prominent tails), Pieridae (they have yellow and white wings), and Riodinidae (also known as metalmarks). Most of the characteristics that differentiate the butterflies are the wings. The color, shape, and structures affect the butterflies'' classification.
Why is Butterfly Important for the Nature?
Every living creature has a purpose for nature and Mother Earth. Even tiny creatures, such as butterflies, have many vital roles in helping p the surroundings. Besides their pretty wings, which guide many artists to find their inspirations. Butterflies help plants continue the pollination process, which supports them produce fruits, vegetables, and flowers. When you see your surroundings; and find butterflies, they are an indicator that you are in a healthy natural environment. Learning about the life cycle of butterflies also teaches humans precious lessons, such as patience and hard work.
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