Butterflies are God’s way of creating beautiful creatures like others in this world. They are flying insects with extremely beautiful artistic and scaly wings. Like all other insects, butterflies too have six jointed legs, three parts of body- head, the thorax (chest) and abdomen with attached tail in the end, a pair of antennae, exoskeleton and pair of compound eyes. The body of the butterfly is covered with small sensory hair. The four wings and six legs are connected to the thorax, that is, the chest. The thorax however contains muscles that enable the legs and the wings to move back and forth.
The wings of a butterfly are colorful, and covered with iridescent scales that overlap each other. Butterflies are able to fly only if their body temperature is above 86 degrees. They can keep themselves warm during winter and the color of their wings change as they age old. The lifecycle of a butterfly consist of four stages: Egg, Larva, Pupa and the Adult. Butterflies consume leaves as their food. As pretty as they sound their fastest flying rate is 30 mph and slowest would be 5 mph.
Butterfly coloring pages
Perhaps one of the most interesting creature on this planet is the caterpillar. To start with it, let me just mention what it actually is. It is the crawling larva from which a butterfly comes to existence.
The caterpillars are in general herbivores, but some of them are even carnivore, that is, they eat insects. The caterpillars are always hungry and munch all the time. While crawling almost all the time, they go on eating until; they form a silky coating all over their bodies with the help of their saliva. It is during this particular time, that they form a pupa and after a long sleep, a beautiful and attractive butterfly emerges out.
The caterpillar symbolizes the metamorphosis, that is, the change into something beautiful. It may take even several months for the caterpillar to transform into a butterfly or a moth. Surprising….isn’t it?
Download collection of 14 caterpillar coloring pages for kids, home worksheets for preschool boys and girls.