Butterfly & Moth Pollination Facts:
Like hummingbirds, butterflies target brightly colored flowers because of their weak sense of smell. Butterflies go after clusters of the same flower, with a flat landing platform. When butterflies and moths feed on plants, the pollen sticks to their legs, which is then transferred to the next flower they feed on.
More Butterfly and Moth Facts:
1.) Butterflies actually use their feet in order to detect chemicals that signal whether or not a plant is the right to lay her eggs based on chemicals.
2.) Butterflies occasionally snack on mud! In order to get the minerals and salts necessary for their diet, butterflies sip from mud puddles.
3.) Ever wondered how butterflies got their name? Myths and legends say the Yellow Brimstone Butterfly of Europe was first seen in early spring also referred to as the “butter” season. Another myth says that witches transformed into butterflies to steal milk and butter.
4.) Butterflies have been idolized for centuries because of their beauty and grace. Dating back to the ancient Hopi, Mayan and Aztec culture, the butterfly is a recurrent theme in myths and legends.
5.) A flowers scent is similar to the pheromones that butterflies generate to appeal to the opposite sex. Naturally, butterflies are attracted to scented flowers.
6.) Monarch Butterflies feed on milkweed, which makes them distasteful to other predators. This is one of their biggest defenses along with their bright orange bodies.
7.) The Hawkmoth is well known for its long tongue, which is twice the length of its body and is used to retrieve nectar while hovering over the plant.