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The female and the male Queen Alexandra Birdwing butterfly.
The speed varies among butterfly species (the poisonous varieties are slower than non-poisonous varieties). The fastest butterflies (some skippers) can fly at about 30 mile per hour or faster. Slow flying butterflies fly about 5 mph.
Darwin's Hawkmoth (family Sphingidae) has a proboscis which is longer than its body. This moth feeds on nectar from long, tubular flowers.
Longest life span
Migrating Monarchs, mourning cloaks, and some moths live for about 6-12 months.
Shortest life span
Some butterflies live in their adult state for only a few days (examples include the coppers and small blues).
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