Learn About Butterflies and Moths
Have you ever wondered if caterpillars have teeth? How high butterflies can fly? On these pages, find in-depth information about the behavior, appearance, life cycle, and handling of butterflies and moths.
Questions are answered by renowned lepidopterist Paul Opler (author of several Peterson Field Guides).
- What are butterflies and moths?
- How many kinds of butterflies and moths exist?
- What is the difference between butterflies and moths?
- Are there endangered butterflies and moths?
- Are butterflies poisonous?
- Which butterflies are poisonous?
- Why are butterflies and moths such good insects?
- How did butterflies get their English name?
- How do you say "butterfly" in other languages?
- How do I identify a caterpillar?
- How much do butterflies weigh?
- How long do butterflies live?
- Do butterflies have brains and hearts?
- Are butterflies and moths pollinators?
- What is the life cycle of butterflies and moths?
- How does a caterpillar turn into a butterfly or moth?
- Why do caterpillars turn into butterflies and moths?
- How do caterpillars "know" when it is time to turn into a chrysalis?
- What is the red liquid that comes out of a butterfly's abdomen after emergence?
- Do caterpillars breathe in their chrysalids?
- What is the difference between a chrysalis and a cocoon?
- Does a butterfly eat the chrysalis after it emerges?
- Why are butterfly and moth wings so delicate? How are they made?
- Why do some wings have such brilliant colors? Why are some so dull?
- Do caterpillars have teeth?
- Do caterpillars or butterflies or moths have ears?
- Why do butterflies have dust on their wings?
- Do butterflies and moths look the same on both sides?
- How does one tell the difference between male and female butterflies?
- How many legs does a caterpillar have?
- Why do some caterpillars have such funny colors?
- Can you tell a moth caterpillar from a butterfly caterpillar?
- How do butterflies go to the bathroom?
- Do butterflies eat bugs?
- What do butterflies and moths eat?
- How do butterflies mate?
- How do butterflies communicate? Is it like honeybees?
- How do butterflies and moths fly?
- How high and how fast do butterflies fly?
- Do caterpillars drink water?
- Do butterflies sleep or take brief naps?
- Where do butterflies go when it rains?
- Do caterpillars hide somewhere at night?
- Do butterflies get cold?
- How do butterflies bathe?