In August I came to London for a visit and since I have spent some quality time, the base of my exploration was of course a Cooking class in London but I went to a Butterfly exhibition too, that took me back my childhood. Also I have learned more about the butterfly’s life and as you walk through the butterfly house, you can witness the life cycle of the butterfly from egg to crawling Caterpillar and then into the amazing butterfly.
You can sea there that Butterflies have a very characteristic flying style and Butterflies go through a complete metamorphosis. This means that there are four parts in a Butterfly’s life.
The first part is the egg; a Butterfly starts its life as an egg.
The second part is the Caterpillar, It looks like bird droppings on a leaf but it is a Caterpillar in disguise.
The third part is the chrysalis ( sometimes called pupa)
The fourth is the adult; this adult will continue the Cycle and Butterflies are able to change from one stage to another rapidly.
Butterfly wings are covered with thousands of tiny, overlapping Scales, which are tiny sensory hairs and they are pigmented with a melanins which give them yellows, browns, but many of the blues, reds,blacks, greens, and iridescent colours are created by the micro-structures of the hairs not only but also The butterfly’s body is covered by tiny sensory hairs.
In addition, butterflies can fly when their body temperature is above 27C.degrees-(81°F) and adult butterflies feed only a liquids nectar from flowers , they obtain sugar for energy and the other minerals for reproduction.
I took some photos for you and I hope, you enjoy as well as I enjoyed!
Butterfly exhibitions place: Natural History Museum, Cromwell road, SW75BD. LONDON/ UK.