The head of a butterfly has the two antennae
which are long and skinny with little knobs at the ends.
They help the butterfly to smell and to balance..
The proboscis is coiled just below the head of a butterfly.
It is used like a straw to drink nectar.
The proboscis or tongue is tubular and hollow and allows a butterfly to suck
and feed the nectar from flowers.
When blood is pumped into the proboscis it uncurls
and behaves like a drinking straw...
All butterflies have four wings, a pair of large fore wings at the top
and a pair of hind wings below which are attached to the thorax
A Butterfly's body is covered with millions of soft
Their wings have veins running through them for support and for nourishment.
The wings are made up of thousands of tiny colorful scales
The uppersides and undersides of their wings
are usually entirely different colors...
Turn your garden into a butterfly paradise by trying some of the following suggestions:
Butterflies need warmth, shelter and nectar. There are several things you can do
to attract butterflies into your garden.
Different species of butterflies prefer different types of nectar.
The food plants that you choose will determine the types of butterflies
that will come to your garden...
Mmmhhhh....this "Drink" must be soo sweet....
Leave dandelions to grow in your garden as butterflies like dandelions.
Plant wild flowers for butterflies to visit...
There are several butterflies that have longer lives (up to nine months).
For these butterflies, when winter arrives,
they will hibernate by finding a safe shelter in a shed,
in a house or behind a plant
(and go to sleep).....
Have a good look around your garden this summer
to see how many different butterflies you can spot....
Enjoy their beauty and remember to be very gentle
if you handle any as they are very fragile..!