Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Butterfly in the Sky!

Now that Spring is here, let's talk about butterflies. These distinctive, beautiful creatures come in all sorts of colors and sizes. The largest butterfly is the Queen Alexandria bird-wing butterfly with a wingspan of 12.5 inches. The smallest is the western pygmy blue with a wingspan of just .62 inches.

Butterflies can be found in nearly every kind of habitat from arctic climates to tropical climates. They can even be found here at the Tennessee Aquarium in our Butterfly Garden, located in the Ocean Journey building.

These guys eat honeydew, fruit juice (only 100% real fruit juice, not the kind you buy at the store!), sap, or liquids secreted by dung or decaying animals.

Butterflies and moths are covered with lots of teeny, tiny overlapping scales, that are so small, when stacked on top of one another, it would take half a million of them to equal one inch tall. Now that's tiny!

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