Butterflies - fragile and short lived, they fly tremendous distances and undergo repeated transformations throughout their lives. They are reborn through metamorphosis, emerging from the chrysalis as a transformed creature, a thing of wonder.
Butterflies represent rebirth and a new beginning. In ancient mythology, they stand for wisdom and everlasting knowledge. Greek mythology links butterflies to the human soul, and sees butterflies as the souls of those who had passed away. Butterflies also symbolize: Resurrection, Transition, Celebration, Lightness, Time.
1. THE COLORADO HAIRSTREAK (Hypaurotis crysalus) - Found in Colorado and other areas of the Southwest. The adults are small to medium in size with a wing span ranging from 1.25 to 1.5 inches (3.2-3.8 cm). They are easily identified by the characteristic slender "tail" protruding from the hind wing and by their beautiful coloration.
2. PEACOCK BUTTERFLY (Inachis io) - Widespread and common but still stunning to see. The caterpillars which feed on nettles find no shortage of food. Found in Northern England and Central Scotland. A common visitor to gardens, the peacock is a nomadic butterfly.
3. GOLIATH BIRDWING BUTTERFLY - (Ornithoptera goliath) The second-largest butterfly in the world, with a wingspan up to 11 inches (28 cm) wide. It has black, yellow and green wings and a yellow and black body. This butterfly in found in tropical forests in Indonesia.
4. TIGER SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY - (Papilio glaucas) A strong flier with distinctive yellow and black striped markings on its wings and a wingspan of 3.5 - 6.5 inches (9 - 16.5 cm) and is found throughout the USA and Canada. The caterpillar is plump and green with yellow eyespots.
5. MONARCH BUTTERFLY - The Monarch (Danaus plexippus) is a common butterfly found worldwide. It eats milkweed in its larval stage and lays eggs on the poisonous milkweed plant. Monarchs have a wingspan of 3 3/8 - 4 7/8 inches (8.6 - 12.4 cm).
6. BLUE MORPHO (Morpho menelaus) - A species of neo-tropical butterfly that has iridescent blue wings (the females are are not as brilliantly colored as the males). The undersides are brown with bronze-colored eyespots. Blue Morphos live in rain forests from Brazil to Venezuela.
7. RED GLIDER _(Cymothoe sangaris) - This butterfly is brick red with brown and black markings. This and Hobart's Red Glider (Cymothoe hobarti) are species of the Nymphalidae family. They are found in Africa, from Cameroon to Western Kenya. Wingspan: 2 inches
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