Tag Archives: Lepidoptera

What’s the Difference Between a Butterfly and a Moth

Written by Nancy Miorelli We’ve been having a lot of fun and games on our Facebook Page! Literally. Games. Like our new bug quiz series! Which of the lettered insects is a butterfly? So have a quick look a the … Continue reading

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Fleeting Moments: How Long Do Butterflies Live?

  Written by Nancy Miorelli Have you ever found some butterflies, been captivated by their magic, and wondered how long they live? Well if you have, you’re not alone. Not only did we get several questions about this in our … Continue reading

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On the Tip of the Butterfly’s Tongue

Written by Nancy Miorelli Puddling The short of this answer is that butterflies have a behavior where they sit on river banks, dead stuff, or poop and lap up the┬ásalts and minerals. It’s a behavior that can be seen in … Continue reading

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Why are caterpillar hairs itchy? Why do caterpillar hairs cause abortions in horses? Can they hurt other pets?

Written by Joe Ballenger The great thing about being on social media is that we run into a lot of questions and conversations that are very closely related to each other despite the fact that the participants might not realize … Continue reading

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What do Butterflies and Poop Have in Common? They’re Green!

Written by Nancy Miorelli First, if you’ve never had green poop, congratulations, you’re one of the few people who haven’t had the issue … apparently. Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. We got this question from Facebook, and it specifically … Continue reading

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What does an osmeterium smell like? Does the smell differ between species?

Written by Joe Ballenger After our initial launch, we had a number of people submit questions. One of the first, from Antnommer on Twitter, I found particularly interesting because it aligns with my interest in biochemistry. @SciBugs @BioInFocus @BugQuestions What … Continue reading

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