Eddie the Emu’s strange animal facts

When you touch the wing of a butterfly or moth, some dust seems to rub off on your fingers.

Butterflies have scales on their wings

This dust is made up of tiny scales. Butterfly wings are clear but covered with tiny scales. These scales serve several  functions. They create the beautiful color  patterns we see, they help in absorbing or reflecting sunlight.

Since these scales fall off so easily they help the butterflies when  predators try to have a snack.

While I’m on the subject of butterflies, a collective name for a group of butterflies is called a ‘Kaleidoscope’. However, others have called it a ‘Swarm’ or ‘Rabble’.

Also, the collective name for a group of caterpillars is ‘an army’.

by Eddie the Emu

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