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Frequently Asked Questions

Seperating the myths and facts about butterflies

Q. What are butterflies?

A. A butterfly is an insect. Insects are distinguished from all other animals by having:
- an external skeleton (a hard outer covering)
- three main body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen)
- one pair of antennae

Insects are further divined into 30 orders, the main basics of classification being their wing structure. Butterflies as well as moths belong to and order called Lepidoptera which means "scaly wings".

Q. What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth?

A. Butterfies are day-flying while moths generally fly at night. However, there are moths that are active during the day that could easily be mistaken as butterflies.

The best feature to look at is their antennae:
Butterflies always have thread like antennae that have clubbed tips.

Moths can have many types of antennae:
Feathery, hairy, threadlike or filamentous, but without the clubbed tips.

Q. What do butterflies feed on?

A. Most adult butterflies sip nectar from flowers through their proboscis which acts like a straw-like tongue. Quite often, we can also find butterflies feeding on tree sap or rotting organic material on a damp ground or along streams, etc.

Q. Can a butterfly cause any harm?

A. No, they don't bite or sting. They don't pester you or make noise. Many people have the misconception that the wings are powdery and it is harmful when in contact. In fact, these are just tiny scales and they are harmless unlike the moth.

Q. Lifespan of a butterfly?

A. Generally, the average life span of a butterfly is around two to four weeks. However, there are exceptions. Some species have a life span as short as a few days and other species are capable of living to a few months such as some migratory butterflies in other countries.

  • Egg: 2-3 days
  • Caterpillar: ~4 weeks
  • Pupa: ~1 week
  • Adult 2-4 weeks

Q. Where do butterflies go when it rains?

A. Butterflies take shelter under leaves at dawn or when it rains.

Q. How many butterfly species are there worldwide?

A. There are about 20,000 known butterfly species worldwide.
In Singapore there are currently 303 (as of June 2012) butterfly species. Apart from town parks and gardens, many of them can only be found in our nature reserves.

Q. Why are there no butterflies in my garden?

A. Butterflies are lured by the host plants to the environment. A butterfly loving garden must consist of host and food plants. Apart from plants, the location also plays a part. If there are too many high rise buildings around or heavy traffic, you may not be able to find butterflies around.

Q. Why do butterflies need sunlight?

A. Butterflies are cold-blooded which means their body temperature is the same as their surroundings. To be come active, they need a minimum body temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, although in full action, most prefer 30 to 35 degrees Celsius. To gain that, they need to warm themselves in the sun.

Q. What can I contribute to butterfly conservation

A. If you have a garden, you can make it butterfly friendly by growing some host plants and flowering plants. Take a stand against butterfly collecting. Butterfly collecting is one reason why so many beautiful butterfles are threatened these days.

Support butterfly photography and butterfly-watching instead!