23 September 2009
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Q.How many legs do a butterfly have
A.Butterflies are insects and have six legs. The lifespan for a butterfly is between 20 & 40 days, depending on species. Some only live a few days.
Q.What is the dust on the wings of moths called and what is it for?
A.The dust which you rub off a moth/butterfly's wings is actually tiny scales which overlap. Removing them damages the wings, hindering flight.
Q.How high can butterflies fly?
A.The Smithsonian Institute has observed butterflies flying at altitudes of 22,000ft. Most insects stay at low altitudes - where the food is.
Q.Why are butterflies so called?
A.The word butterfly is derived from the Anglo-Saxon 'buter fleoge' meaning 'butter fly'. People believed that the insects consumed butter and milk.