Thursday, March 31, 2011

"The Fascination of Butterflies!"

Have you noticed how young children are so fascinated with Butterflies, many adults too? Butterflies belong to that order of insects called lepidoptera or scaled-winged insects. These insect beauties have a world of fascinating attributes. The first, is their life cycle which is called metamorphosis and the second is their notable mass migrations each year.

Butterflies, in the eyes of some, are the most attractive and aesthetically pleasing of insects. Some associate butterflies with things that are gentle like icons of peace, delicate flower petals, or reverent classical music.

Nevertheless, butterflies are anything but fragile, but are inherently resilient due to incredibly reproductive capabilities coupled with adaptive self-defense mechanisms such as mimicry, camouflage, and their large population size. Only the destruction of their habitat is a concern for their long-term viability and welfare.

Here are some pictures of Butterflies that I took recently at a butterfly exhibit here in the Southwest.

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