Butterflies

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Butterflies are one of the most beautiful of all insects. There are about 15,000 to 20,000 species. The word butterfly comes from the Old English word butterfleoge, meaning butter and flying creature. Buter probably referred to the butter-yellow color of some European butterflies. Butter flies and moths make up a group of insects called Lepidoptera. Butterflies: (1) Most butterflies fly during the day. (2) Most butterflies have knobs at the end of their antennae. (3) Most butterflies have slender, hairless bodies. (4) Most butterflies ¡ ¦ rest their wings held upright over their bodies.

A butterfly begins its life as a tiny egg, which hatches into a caterpillar. The caterpillar spends most of their time eating and growing. But their skin does not grow, and so the caterpillar sheds it and grows a larger one. This process is repeated several

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