Butterflies are colourful insect. One can see different colours on different butterflies. The butterfly starts its’ life as an egg, then larva or caterpillar - feeding on its preferred food plant and then turns into a pupa to become a butterfly, feeding on nectar. Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches. Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow. They cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees. Representations of butterflies are seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years old. There are about 24,000 species of butterflies. The moths are even more numerous: about 140,000 species of them were counted all over the world. Many butterflies can taste with their feet to find out whether the leaf they sit on is good to lay eggs on to be their caterpillars' food or not. Most insects are beneficial to people because they eat other insects, pollinate crops, are food for other animals, make products we use (like honey and silk) or have medical uses. Butterflies and insects have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, called the exoskeleton. This protects the insect and keeps water inside their bodies so they don’t dry out.
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We make butterflies out of play dough. We make colourful butterflies.


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