Do Butterflies Bite?: Fascinating Answers to Questions about Butterflies and Moths
Do Butterflies Bite?: Fascinating Answers to Questions about Butterflies and Moths

Do Butterflies Bite?: Fascinating Answers to Questions about Butterflies and Moths

by Hazel Davies, Carol A . Butler

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How fast do butterflies fly? Does a butterfly have ears? Do they sleep? Does a caterpillar have a skeleton? How does a moth get out of its cocoon? What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth? And just what is a skipper?

Every year, thousands of people visit butterfly conservatories to stand in quiet awe of the simple beauty displayed by these magical creatures. Hazel Davies and Carol A. Butler capture the sense of wonderment and curiosity experienced by adults and children alike in this book about butterflies and their taxonomic cousins, the moths and the skippers. Beautifully illustrated with color and black and white photographs, and drawings by renowned artist William Howe, this book is an essential resource for parents, teachers, students, or anyone who has ever been entranced by these fascinating, fluttering creatures.

Covering everything from their basic biology to their complex behaviors at every stage of life to issues in butterfly conservation, Davies and Butler explore wide-ranging topics and supply a trove of intriguing facts. You'll find tips on how to attract more butterflies to your garden, how to photograph them, and even how to raise them in your own home. Arranged in a question and answer format, the book provides detailed information written in an accessible style that brings to life the science and natural history of these insects. In addition, sidebars throughout the book detail an assortment of butterfly trivia, while extensive appendices direct you to organizations, web sites, and more than 200 indoor and outdoor public exhibits, where you can learn more or connect with other lepidopterophiles (butterfly lovers).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813545073
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 06/03/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Hazel Davies is the living exhibits coordinator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. She formerly worked as a science teacher.
  Carol A. Butler is a psychotherapist in private practice, a writer, a photographer, and a docent at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface Acknowledgments Chapter One: Butterfly Basics Question 1: What is a butterfly? Question 2: Is it a butterfly or is it a moth? Question 3: Why are they called butterflies? Question 4: What is a skipper? Question 5: How long does a butterfly live? Question 6: Does every butterfly of the same species look alike? Question 7: Which butterflies and moths are the largest in the world? Question 8: Which butterflies and moths are the smallest in the world? Question 9: How much does a butterfly weigh? Question 10: What is a group of butterflies called? Question 11: Are there special words that describe people who love or hate butterflies and moths? Chapter Two: Butterfly Bodies Question 1: Does a butterfly have bones? Question 2: How does a butterfly breathe? Question 3: Does a butterfly have a heart? Question 4: Do butterflies bleed? Question 5: Do butterflies have good eyesight? Question 6: Do butterflies have ears? Question 7: Do butterflies have a sense of smell? Question 8: How many legs does a butterfly have? Question 9: How many wings does a butterfly have? Question 10: What are butterfly wings made of? Question 11: What makes the wings colorful? Question 12: What happens if a wing gets torn or damaged? Question 13: Is it true that a butterfly will no longer be able to fly if you touch its wings? Question 14: Why are butterflies called "cold-blooded"? Chapter Three: Butterfly Life Question 1: Do butterflies bite? Question 2: How do butterflies eat? Question 3: What do butterflies eat? Question 4: How do butterflies find their food? Question 5: Is it true that some butterflies and moths don't eat or drink? Question 6: What are butterflies doing when they gather on the ground? Question 7: Do all moths really eat your clothes? Question 8: How do butterflies excrete? Question 9: Do butterflies sleep? Question 10: Do butterflies ever make noises? Question 11: Do butterflies communicate? Question 12: Can butterflies learn? Question 13: Do butterflies carry diseases? Question 14: What colors attract butterflies? Question 15: Why are moths attracted to lights? Question 16: How fast do butterflies fly? Question 17: Which butterfly can fly the longest distance? Question 18: How high do butterflies fly? Question 19: Do all butterflies fly? Question 20: How do butterflies survive in cold climates if they need to be warm to fly? Chapter Four: Butterfly Background Question 1: Why are scientific names used in this book? Question 2: How are butterflies classified? Question 3: How is a species identified? Question 4: How many families of butterflies are there? Question 5: How many species of butterflies are alive today? Question 6: When did butterflies and moths first appear on earth? Question 7: Where are butterflies found? Question 8: Why are most butterflies found in the tropics? Chapter Five: Butterfly Love Question 1: How can you tell the difference between a male and a female butterfly? Question 2: Is it possible for a butterfly to be both male and female? Question 3: How does a butterfly attract a mate? Question 4: How does a butterfly select a mate? Question 5: How do butterflies mate? Question 6: Are butterflies monogamous? Question 7: Do butterflies only mate with their own species? Question 8: What does a butterfly egg look like? Question 9: Where do butterflies lay their eggs? Question 10: How many eggs does a butterfly lay? Question 11: How long does it take for the eggs to hatch? Chapter Six: Metamorphosis Question 1: How does a caterpillar become a butterfly? Question 2: What is metamorphosis? Question 3: What is the difference between a caterpillar and a larva? Question 4: What do caterpillars eat? Question 5: Does a caterpillar have a skeleton? Question 6: How does a caterpillar grow? Question 7: What's the difference between a chrysalis and a pupa? Question 8: What happens inside the pupa? Question 9: What happens when the butterfly is ready to emerge from its pupa? Question 10: What is a cocoon? Question 11: How does a moth get out of its cocoon? Question 12: What is a silkworm? Question 13: What does a jumping bean have to do with moths and butterflies? Question 14: What is the lifespan of a butterfly including all its stages? Chapter Seven: Dangers and Defenses Question 1: Do people eat butterflies and moths? Question 2: What dangers do caterpillars face? Question 3: How do caterpillars defend themselves? Question 4: What dangers do butterflies face? Question 5: How do butterflies defend themselves? Question 6: Are butterflies poisonous? Question 7: Do toxic butterflies have any predators? Question 8: Why do some butterflies have eye-like spots on their wings? Question 9: Can a butterfly or moth harm me? Question 10: How does an egg defend itself? Question 11: How does a pupa defend itself? Question 12: Do butterflies fight? Question 13: How do butterflies survive harsh weather? Chapter Eight: Butterflies on the Move Question 1: Do all butterflies migrate? Question 2: Why do they migrate? Question 3: How do scientists study migration patterns? Question 4: How do Monarchs navigate over long distances? Question 5: Do all migrating Monarchs go to the same place? Question 6: How long does it take Monarch butterflies to migrate south? Question 7: What allows the migrating generation of Monarchs to live so long? Question 8: How do Monarchs know when to migrate? Question 9: How do migratory Monarchs know where to go? Question 10: How far can butterflies fly without stopping to rest? Question 11: Does each butterfly travel south to Mexico and back to the U.S. or Canada? Chapter Nine: Outdoor Butterflies Question 1: Are butterflies and moths of any ecological value? Question 2: Is it true that some butterflies and moths have a negative impact on the environment? Question 3: Why don't I see as many butterflies as I used to? Question 4: How can I encourage butterflies to visit and breed in my garden? Question 5: What is a nectar plant? Question 6: What is a host plant? Question 7: Why is it important to know the difference between native and exotic species of plants and animals? Question 8: What other garden features can I provide for butterflies? Question 9: Can I use pesticides in my butterfly garden? Question 10: Do people still collect butterflies? Question 11: Are any species of butterflies threatened or endangered? Question 12: Are any butterfly species extinct? Question 13: What are people doing to protect butterflies? Question 14: Where can I go butterfly watching? Question 15: How can I see more moths? Question 16: Are there any tips for photographing butterflies? Question 17: Is it safe to release butterflies at weddings and other events? Chapter Ten: Indoor Butterflies Question 1: What is a butterfly conservatory? Question 2: When did conservatories first appear? Question 3: Why are conservatories often so hot? Question 4: Do butterflies reproduce in the conservatory? Question 5: Where do the butterflies come from? Question 6: Do all the different species get along? Question 7: What do you feed the butterflies? Question 8: What happens at night? Question 9: Do indoor butterflies recognize their keepers? Question 10: How can I attract a butterfly to land on me? Question 11: Can I raise butterflies at home? Appendix A: Nectar Plants Appendix B: Hosts Plants Appendix C: List of Public Butterfly Conservatories and Exhibits Appendix D: Websites Appendix E: Organizations Appendix F: Further Reading Appendix G: Species List of Butterflies and Moths Index

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