After a long break of almost two months, I return with 10 (give or take a couple) facts every week about an animal or plant of your choice. I'm going to start with the pseudonyms of this blog's admins. First up, the Glasswing Butterfly!
- Its name in Spanish is espejitos, meaning “little mirrors”.
- It can carry up to 40 times its own weight.
- The glasswing butterfly lays its eggs on the poisonous nightshade plant, which makes both it and its caterpillars toxic to predators.
- The alkaloid poisons in a glasswing butterfly are turned into pheromones and used in courtship by male butterflies.
- Its translucent wings are made by lack of scales rather than translucent scales.
- As well as feeding on nectar, glasswing butterflies feed on insect-eating birds’ droppings to get amino acids.
- Its wings allow it to hide from predators, rather than scaring them off like other butterflies do.
- There are many types of glasswing butterfly, including ones with translucent pink wings.
- Even though butterflies do not typically migrate, glasswing butterflies do.
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