Fun Facts

DO YOU WANT TO ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES TO YOUR GARDEN?

You should sow plants with composed flowers as:


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Also Heliotrope (Heliotropium) or wild plants and the Peorrera (Asteraceae Ageratumconyzoides--)
or shits (Psychotria poeppigiana) serve to attract butterflies.

They are often called "bad bush" do not the cut them!

Another alternative is to put dishes, butterflies prefer red or yellow colored with sponges or towels soaked in concentrated natural syrup:sugar water.

Many species of butterflies love the ripe fruit: banana, mango and guava are their favorites.

Did you know ...

  • Daily butterflies evolved from the night butterlfies. They appeared 40 million years ago.
  • The duration of their life cycle varies with species and environmental conditions.
  • The distribution of butterflies in different geographic areas depends on various factors such as vegetation, climate, altitude.
  • The butterflies are sun-loving, they need direct sunlight, but not all species equally, some live in the deep of the forest with lower degrees of heat stroke.
  • They have colonized all kinds of habitats, from deserts to altitudes that are close to permanent snow and urban environments.
  • The butterflies may vary in appearance within species due to geographics or due to the season.
  • Some species have a very pronounced sexual dimorphism (male and female are different)
  • Courtship rituals can be very complex. The coloration of the wings can be used to attract a mate, mating flights in some cases are almost dancing. Both males and females,  may secrete pheromones to help the attraction of the sexes.
  • Mating can last 20 minutes or several hours.
  • The choice of plant for egg laying is very important since  is the food plant of caterpillars. Many species can detect chemicals that identify each plant.
  • Some species may feed on various plants and there are some too cliquish that can only be found where there is the food plant.
  • The number of eggs in each laying varies according to species. They can be up to 500, but few succeed as adults.
  • Caterpillars molt their skin several times during their life so they need lots of food and oxygen.
  • The larvaes or caterpillars have developed mechanisms to "camouflage" with colors and shapes similar to the environment where inhabit predators that pursue them. They can imitate leaves, twigs, or even bird droppings. Can also be covered with hairs or spines that give them a less appetizing.
  • There are tropical species that feed on plants that are poisonous to potential predators.Sometimes the taste is not pleasant, or can be rolled on itself andfall to the floor as if they were inert objects.
  • Other species have bright colors and  sport as if they were a tiger to warn potential predators how dangerous they are.
  • The pupal stage presents even greater risk as they will be immobile and helpless, so they have developed many adaptations to the environment, which could be called more than camouflage, mimicry.
  • The butterflies in their adult stage, they can live up to several months depending on when there is hibernation. Wintering butterflies such as Vanessa can live up to nine months.
  • The flight of butterflies have an average speed of 12 km / hour, although some species reach greater numbers.
  • They are experienced pilots and control their movements in flight so well they can make sudden landings.
  • In warm weather you can see groups of butterflies "drinking" in wet soils to absorb minerals.
  • The caterpillars of some Licenidae  live in the nests of ants  who get back a sugary liquid that makes possible this strange association.
  • Mountain butterflies are darker because they have to adapt to short summers and cold winters and the dark color retains better solar radiation. Some species have long body covered with scales or hairs that protect them from inclement weather.
  • They are consumed by humans in some areas of the world. (Entomophagy). In Mexico consume the delicious "Maguey worms" and other tropical countries regularly eat the pupae of some species.
  • The silkworm is the caterpillar of a moth.
  • Lepidoptera adults are not gregarious, although some species are grouped for the night.These cases of gregariousness are accentuated during migration, such as the monarch butterfly.

LEGENDS AND TALES

  • During the IV century BC  was a common belief that while people slept, their souls left their bodies through their mouths taking the form of butterflies.
  • For the ancient Egyptians, the butterfly was a symbol of immortality and represented the souls of the deads. Perhaps this belief was originated because of the butterflies fluttering around the flowers used to decorate the graves.
  • Aztec Indians believed that butterflies were the souls of the warriors who had died in battle.
  • During the Middle Ages, many people in Europe believed in witches. It was believed that witches took shape of a butterfly to enter the house of the people to steal butter and milk.
  • The idea that the butterfly represents the soul continued through the Middle Ages and still survives today in some locations.
  • In certain areas of Ireland, it is believed that a white moth or nigth butterfly is the soul of a person who is in trance to paradise. If the insect wings are spotted, the soul is condemned to pay for their sins in purgatory.
  • In some parts of Africa, butterflies represent not only the soul but the whole cycle of human life.

The Caterpillar
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If God had not given us the ability to dream,
had not given us the opportunity to make our dreams come true ...

A small caterpillar one day walked into the sun. Very close to the road was a grasshopper.
- Where you going? He asked.
While walking, the caterpillar said, - I had a dream last night, I dreamed that from the tip of the great mountain I looked across the valley. I liked what I saw in my dream and I decided to do it.
Surprised, the grasshopper said, his friend away:
- You must be crazy!, How could you reach that place? - You, a simple caterpillar!. A stone will be for you a mountain, a little pool a sea and any log an insurmountable barrier.
But the caterpillar was already far away and did not hear. Her little feet never stopped moving.

The track continued on his way, having already gone a few inches.
Similarly, the spider, the mole, frog and flower advised our friend to give up his dream
- Not succeed again! - They said.

But inside, there was an impulse that forced him to follow. Already exhausted, weak and dying, decided to stop to rest and build with his latest effort a place to stay overnight.

- I'll be better, was the last thing he said, and died.

All animals in the valley for days were looking at his remains. There was the most crazy animal in town. His tomb was built as a monument to folly ... There was a rough shelter, worthy of one who died "for wanting to make an impossible dream."

One morning the sun shone in a special way, all the animals gathered around what had become a WARNING FOR INSOLENTS.

Suddenly everybody was stunned. That hard shell started to crack and two eyes  and antennaes show out.. that could not be the caterpillar everybody thought was dead.

Little by little, to give them time to recover from the impact, four e beautiful rainbow wings spread, everybody was atonished about they had in front of them: a butterfly.

There was nothing to say, everyone knew what he would do: he would go flying up the great mountain and would make a dream, the dream for which he had lived, had died and he had returned to live ... Everyone was wrong!.

If you have a dream, live it, try to hit, put life into it and if you realize you can not, you may need to make a stop on the way and experience a radical change in your life and then, to another aspect, with other possibilities and different circumstances: You will do it!

SUCCESS IN LIFE IS NOT MEASURED BY WHAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED,
BUT BY THE OBSTACLES YOU'VE HAD TO FACE IN THE WAY.
FIGHT WITH ALL YOUR FORCES AND YOU WILL ACHIEVE YOUR  DREAMS.
NO MATTER HOW MANY TIME YOU TRY, GO TO THE END.

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