Monarch butterfiles west of the Rockies go to California for the winter; those east of the Rockies head for Mexico.
Of the Monarch butterflies that fly south each spring, few make the return trip. Most die. It’s their offspring that go north.
A Monarch butterfly can go about 620 miles without refueling.
Butterflies shiver in the cold.
There are butterflies that smell like chocolate.
Butterflies are territorial and will fight for their turf.
There are 300 species of butterflies on Madagascar; 233 of them are found nowhere else in the world.
Butterflies have been seen 700 miles north of the Arctic Circle!
You can credit the wind for the many varieties of butterflies. It blows them off-course, sometimes. They lose their mother colonies, join other groups, mate with them, thus creating different varieties.
There are butterfly ranches in Papua, New Guinea where “ranch-hands” run around with butterfly nets to capture specimens for sale to collectors worldwide.
There’s no language without a word for butterfly.
Did you know...
It is customary in some cultures to bring gifts of salt, bread, and wine when invited to a wedding or house warming. Salt to remind them their lives may be difficult at times; bread so that they will never be hungry or in need; wine so that they will never thirst but have a life of good health, good cheer and good friends.