Of the millions of species of insects, the butterfly alone has about 20,000 species worldwide. It is admired the world over for its beauty and four-stage metamorphosis (transformation). First is the egg, which hatches into a caterpillar (or larva), then the caterpillar builds a pupa (or chrysalis aka cocoon), and finally emerges as the adult butterfly.
The work that a butterfly does is very important to our environment and to food sources. Since they are able to get deeper into a flower than a bee, they pollinate much of our food that bees do not. Unfortunately, many species of butterflies are dying off because of deforestation.
Moreover, herbicides kill plants that these beautiful creature rely on for food. They may soon be gone from this world, so let’s admire and protect them while we can. We have picked out eight of the most beautiful and unique butterflies for your enjoyment.
Emerald Swallowtail (Papilio palinurus)
Swallowtails are a species of butterfly that usually have hindwings that are spread apart with little tails that stick out. The tail is easily recognizable due to its black or green coloration. This gem of a butterfly can be found in Southeast Asia or Australia, and is an endangered species. Incredibly, they have a large wing span of 4.7-5.5 inches!
The Emeralds are unique, as the bands of color on their wings can appear to be green or blue as the concave surface of their wings reflect a yellow-green light and the edges reflect a blue light. The emission is similar to fluorescent bulbs, leading to scientific research aimed at mimicking it for indoor lighting. Who wouldn’t want such a dazzle of colors in their home?