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ALL ABOUT BUTTERFLIES!

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Butterfly Glossary
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Butterfly head

LABIAL PALPS

Labial palps are the mustache-like scaly mouthparts of adult butterflies that are on each side of the proboscis. These palps are covered with sensory hairs and scales, and test whether something is food or not.


LABIUM

The labium is the lower "lip" of insects (like butterflies and moths). It is below the butterfly's proboscis.


LABRUM

The labrum is the upper "lip" of insects (like butterflies and moths). It is above the butterfly's proboscis.
Monarch larva

LARVA

(pl. larvae) The immature form of an insect that develops from an egg and eventually turns into a pupa. The larva of butterflies and moths is called the caterpillar. Larvae eat almost constantly and molt many times as they grow.


LEGS

Butterflies and moth, like other insects, have six jointed legs in their adult stage. These three pairs of legs are attached to the thorax, one pair in each segment of the thorax.
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LEPIDOPTERA

Lepidoptera (meaning "scale wing") is an order of insects that is characterized by having four large, scaly wings and a spiral proboscis. Butterflies and moths belong to the order Lepidoptera. There are about 150,000 named species of butterflies and moth (over 87% are moths).


LEPIDOPTERIST

A lepidopterist is a scientist who studies butterflies and moths.
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LIFE CYCLE

Butterflies go through four different life stages: the egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa, and adult.
Carolus Linnaeus
LINNEAN SYSTEM

The Linnean System is a method of classifying organisms based on a simple hierarchical structure. Organisms are divided into groups using the following system: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species.


LUNA MOTH

A green moth with long hindwing tails and distinctive eyespots.


LYCAENIDAE

The gossamar-winged butterflies (family Lycaenidae) include the hairstreaks, coppers, blues, and harvesters. They are small butterflies - some have a tail-like projection on the bottom of the hind wings (hence their name - hairstreak). Males have reduced forelegs. The undersides of the wings are speckled. The caterpillars are slug-like.
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Butterfly Glossary
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