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A Butterfly is a beautiful representation of 2 Corinthians 5:17 which states, “If anyone is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation; the old has passed away and behold, all things are new.”
We live in the country and can see wonderful things in nature every day. I see butterflies, spiders, caterpillars, and many other beautiful creatures. When I look at caterpillars crawling around like ‘worms,’ they are so vulnerable to all the birds and other animals that would like them for a meal. It is incredible to me that this lowly creature weaves a cocoon around itself and then after a few days emerges as a beautiful butterfly.
This is also our story in Christ. I sign my signature with 2 Corinthians 5:17 which states, “If anyone is in Christ Jesus, they are a new creation, the old has passed and behold, the new has come. We were like that caterpillar that was so helpless but now as a butterfly, we have been transformed to soar above all the things that used to keep us down. That’s why I’m going to start making lots of butterflies.
Here are some fun facts about Butterflies:
(Source: San Diego Zoo )
- Butterflies taste with their feet.
- A group of butterflies is sometimes called a flutter.
- Their eyes are made of 6,000 lenses and can see ultraviolet light.
- There are 165,000 known species of butterflies found on every continent except Antarctica.
- Many adult butterflies never excrete waste – they use up all they eat for energy.
- Despite popular belief, their wings are clear – the colors and patterns we see are made by the reflection of the tiny scales covering them.
- Butterfly wings move in a figure “8” motion.
- Butterflies vary in size – the largest species may reach 12 inches across, while the smallest may only be half an inch.
- Some species lay their eggs on only one type of plant.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar was no joke – the first meal after a caterpillar hatches is usually the eggshell from which it has just emerged.
- In some areas, the number of feeding caterpillars on plants is so great that you can actually hear them munching. Thus, manners are not important in butterfly society.
- The process by which a caterpillar magically transforms into a butterfly, aka metamorphosis, is completed in 10 to 15 days, depending on the species.
- Butterflies are essentially cold-blooded.
- Skipper butterflies fly so fast they could outpace a horse, but most butterflies fly at 5 to 12 miles per hour (8 to 20 kilometers per hour).
- Butterflies have a long, tube-like tongue called a proboscis that allows them to soak up their food rather than sip it.
- Males drink from mud puddles to extract minerals that aren’t available in flowers. This behavior is known as “puddling.”
- “Puddle clubs” are groups of butterflies that gather at wet soil to suck up salts and minerals.
- Some butterflies have been seen drinking blood from open wounds on animals.
- Scientists thought butterflies were deaf until the first butterfly ears were identified in 1912.