Butterflies

Today you will learn about Goliath Birdwing Butterfly and their lifecycle.  First what is a lifecycle?  A lifecycle is the life of something starting from a egg or baby and going till their death.  You are in a lifecycle right now until you die.

The life of a Goliath Birdwing Butterfly starts when the adult butterfly lays eggs on the plant/food the larva eats.  Trees are where they lay their eggs but were?  If you are looking for a Goliath Birdwing Butterfly egg you have to look 20 meters in the canopy of the trees.  If you are looking for a Goliath Birdwing Butterfly egg on the trees, look under the leaves on the top of trees.  The eggs are small and will take some time to look for.  Goliath Birdwing Butterfly lays its eggs 20 m+ in height in the top of the canopies, this is high just to search for some eggs.  You might see more than one egg but the thing is not all of the eggs hatch.  Goliath Birdwing Butterfly lays 20 eggs at a time.  When a egg hatches the little thing you see is a larva which is the second stage.

Larva looks like a worm.  The larva when hatched eats the egg shell for its first meal and then starts eating the leaves they are on.  They shed their skin 4-5 times before they are fully grown caterpillar.  When they are fully grown they start a magical process by spinning a cocoon.

In the cocoon the caterpillar is slowly turning into a butterfly.  First it has to spin/make a cocoon, how they make it is by spinning silk around them until it reaches the branch.  After that it takes a butterfly 1 day-1 year to fully become a butterfly and break out of the cocoon.  Once the day or year has passed a butterfly brakes out of the cocoon.  When out of the cocoon, it takes 3-4 hours for the wings to dry and for the blood to go to the wings.

After 4 weeks to the Goliath Birdwing Butterfly has finally reached its goal and can now travel long distances to find a mate to reproduce.  The Goliath Birdwing Butterfly average lifespan in the wild is 12 months, but is the second largest butterfly in the world.

The Goliath Birdwing Butterfly can get up to 28 cm (11 in)

To tell a Male from a Female is by the color.  A male is green black and yellow in color.  A female is brown, black, yellow, white, and red and sometimes with a bit of blue.

Now you know facts about moths and butterflies and their lifecycles.

Here are some fun facts:  Moths, caterpillars in the Tineidae family eat your clothes and are the only ones that do.  Some caterpillars eat trees and crops and plants.  There are nearly 11,000 species of moths in America alone.  There are about 20,000 species of butterflies in the world.  There are about 160,000 species of Moths in the world.

Here are some things you need to know.  Did you know that you can get a butterfly kit with real live butterflies.  You can see the whole lifecycle happen before your eyes.  Did you know there are two moths that look like Hummingbirds?  They are called White-lined sphinx and Hummingbird hawk-moth.

Butterflies and moths have different ways of life.  Butterflies are out in the day drinking nectar and going from flower to flower.  There long tongue is called a Proboscis.  Here is a list on all the body parts of a butterfly and a moth.  Proboscis, Antenna, Head, legs (4 long and 2 short for butterflies and 6 short for moths), Abdomen, hindwing, wing veins, forewings, and Thorax.

Credits for websites. Links to them:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly

http://www.thebutterflysite.com/life-cycle.shtml

http://www.kidsbutterfly.org/life-cycle

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/lifecycle/Egg.shtml

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caterpillar

http://www.cocoon.org/cocoon-articles/butterfly-moth-cocoon.shtml

links to the Goliath Birdwing Butterfly:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornithoptera_goliath

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/species/

Pictures links:

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