Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Interesting...

Why do butterflies have two sets of wings?


It's not to fly higher or faster, according to Smithsonian magazine (January 2009). The hindwings appear to be crucial to a butterfly's ability to be agile in the air and to turn quickly - presumably to avoid predators like hungry birds.



Black Swallowtail, just hatched
 

13 comments:

  1. Never really thought about that.
    Regardless - its truly a beautiful creature - with beautiful wings.
    I'm pretty sure those who are having probia with spiders and cockroaches may not have problems with butterflies.

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  2. I always enjoy your beautiful photos of butterflies, accompanied by interesting facts.

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  3. What a fantastic photo! The patterns on the wings are so delicate.

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  4. Wunder Natur
    ist herrlich

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  5. What a beautiful photo! I have enjoyed reading your blog. Also, I’ve nominated your blog for The Versatile Blogger award because your blog is inspiring, entertaining and a true joy to visit.
    http://www.daylilysoup.com/2012/04/versatile-blogger-award-nomination.html

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  6. yes, butterflies are beautiful creatures, I could not even begin to imagine a garden without butterflies!

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  7. Thank you for your kind comment :-)

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  8. yes delicate, and there are people that actually tag butterflies. I don't think I would dare this kind of work

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  9. und so bunt, gell? stell dir nur vor wir wuerden uns in dieser Farbkombination anziehen, man wuerde uns als Kasperle bezeichnen ;-)

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  10. Very interesting indeed! And those wings do a good job - butterflies can twist and turn very quickly!

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  11. Thank you so much for this nomination, I am honored :)

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  12. Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for the info! That's a great photo, too--it would be so pretty in a frame!

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  13. Interesting indeed...lovely t see new butterflies...ours will not be here for a while yet...

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