1. A butterfly is a flying insect (big surprise, yes?) that is most often active during the day.
2. Butterflies belong to the order Lepidoptera, which includes moths as well as the three “Superfamilies” of butterflies, skipper butterflies and moth-butterflies. (I didn’t know Lepidoptera had superfamilies? Makes me wonder if there’s a butterfly Fortress of Solitude somewhere, and if sometimes a butterfly puts on glasses and disguises itself as a mild-mannered moth.)
3. The Monarch butterfly migrates from Mexico to the northern US or Southern Canada, some 2500-3000 miles. I myself get tired after once around the track – and that’s just walking.
4. A butterfly’s sense of taste is 200 times stronger than that of a human. (That’s taste as relates to food, not clothing’ the typical butterfly’s taste in clothing is some 400-500 times stronger than mine. Or so I’m told.)
5. Their life cycle starts with the egg, moves to the larva (caterpillar) stage, then the pupa, and finally the adult (or imago) stage.
6. In the caterpillar stage, butterflies spend almost all their time searching for food. No wonder I feel such a kinship with them.
7. The pupa is also called a chrysalis. Once in this stage, movement is limited, if not nonexistent. I resemble a chrysalis in this way whenever a Doctor Who marathon is on TV.
8. Some butterflies have a higher need for sodium than is typically found in their diet, which is why they often come to rest on human arms.
9. Some ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs include representations of butterflies.
10. In Japan, butterflies have traditionally been thought of as a symbol of a person’s soul. (Too lovely a thought for me to add a humorous comment.)