What is butterfly?

What Does butterfly Mean

A butterfly is an insect that has four wings , usually of bright hues. This animal is part of the Lepidoptera : those species that, in addition to two pairs of wings with scales, have a sucking mouth with a proboscis and undergo a complete metamorphosis .

In its juvenile phase, the butterfly is a larva or caterpillar . Then it becomes a pupa and with the passage of time it develops the characteristics that define it in its adulthood, such as the wings and the oral apparatus with the trunk that allows it to access the nectar it extracts from the flowers.
Although there are multiple species of butterflies, most are herbivorous. They ingest flowers, leaves, roots and stems as a caterpillar and finally nectar. Certain types of butterflies, however, are carnivores.

To reproduce, males perform different courtships. The usual thing is that they are exhibited before the female and produce pheromones . The smell of these pheromones ends up covering the female.
One of the aspects of butterflies that attracts us the most is their life expectancy . In general, as children they teach us that they only live one day; Saying this to a small child always generates a very particular impact, considering that our species usually exceeds seventy years of life. But this data is not entirely accurate, at least not for all species.
First of all, we must say that the size of the butterfly species is directly proportional to its life expectancy : while the smallest can only live a few hours, the largest can exceed ten months. Among the species that live the longest are the Monarchs , certain tropical Heliconius and the Cloaks of mourning .
A determining factor in this regard is the weather . For example, if a butterfly lays its eggs when cold weather is about to arrive, it will hatch only when the heat returns; on the other hand, adult butterflies can hibernate to cope with low temperatures, extending their life for several months, even above what would naturally live in a temperate or warm climate.
The butterfly has a very important space in the universe of myths and legends , partly because of its short life but also because of its beauty, its physical transformation and that feeling of freedom that it evokes in us. Here is a summary of an ancient Japanese legend entitled The Blue Butterfly .
Many years ago, a man lost his wife and had to take care of his two daughters, whose curiosity was insatiable. Every day they overwhelmed him with dozens of questions, many of which he could not answer for lack of knowledge. For this reason, he decided to take them to a sage. When they arrived, one of the girls caught a blue butterfly to test the sage, who asked if it was still alive; he replied that everything depended on her, since "it was in her hands . "

In the field of swimming , butterfly is a style that consists of moving the legs down and up together while both arms simultaneously develop a forward rotation movement.
The butterfly style is considered a variation of the chest style. The swimmer must bring his arms above the water and then backwards, both together and at the same time . Meanwhile he has to perform an undulating movement of the hips that ends with kicks.
The men's world record of 100 meters (in a 50-meter pool) in the butterfly style is owned by American Michael Phelps , who in 2009 achieved a mark of 49.82 seconds . Among female swimmers, the 100-meter record in the 50-meter pool was set by Sweden's Sarah Sjöström in 2016: 55.48 seconds .

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