A Few Questions on Butterflies 
A Few Questions on Butterflies

1. Why is butterfly referred to as insect with complete metamorphosis?

Complete metamorphosis refers to the going through of four stages in life cycle, namely, egg, larva, pupa and adult. Butterfly exhibits different form and habits in each stage of the life cycle.

2. What are the differences between butterflies and other insects?

Like other insects, the body of an adult butterfly is composed of the head, thorax and abdomen. There are 2 pairs of wings and 3 pairs of legs on its thorax (the first pair of legs in some species have degenerated). On its head are a pair of compound eyes, a pair of antennae and a proboscis for feeding.

The forewings of butterflies are larger than the hindwings. Upon closer observation, you will find broad stripes on them. Each wing consists of wing venation and wing membrane — the wing venation is an important clue for scientists to identify butterfly species.

3. Butterflies belong to the Order Lepidoptera. What is the Order Lepidoptera?

Insects in the Order Lepidoptera have scaly wings. These tiny scales give butterfly its shimmering wings.