|My project is about butterflies. Does it hurt
butterflies when you touch their wings? Why? Do
they have anything special in their wings?
|Question Date: 1999-02-25|
Well, that sounds like a fun project! I'm
wondering, does your teacher have a microscope?
It can be any kind of microscope. If you or your
teacher does, take a look at the butterflies wings
under the scope. I think you'll be surprised by
what you find. Just in case you don't have a
microscope, I'll give you a clue. Take a look at
a butterfly wing under a bright light. Move it
around. Do you see different colors? Does the
wing look perfectly flat? Does it look like it
has little hairs on it? After you've done this,
think about what those little hairs might do. Let
me know what you find, ok!
It sounds like you have been working hard to find
the answers to your questions.You might want to
look at a butterfly's wing under a magnifying
glass to see what sort of stuff rubs off when you
touch it. You should be able to find a dead
butterfly if you look for a while and if you don't
want to kill one. Or, you might just try touching
one if you can catch it and look in a magnifying
glass to see what sticks. But I hope you get to
look at a whole wing, because they're quite
impressive when magnified.
Even better than
a magnifying glass is a little microscope that
looks like a box-y flashlight that you can get for
about $10 ar Radio Shack, or maybe less on sale.
It's a fun thing to have around for looking at all
kinds of things.
Good luck with your
It's not what's in the wings, but what's on them.
Butterflies are covered with scales. In fact,
that's what their scientific name (lepidoptera)
means: scale wing. Scales give their wings color
and structure. If the scales are damaged, their
wings do not work as well. Butterflies are just
grown up caterpillars. They don't eat, they are
just the parents of the next generation. Why do
you think the adults are so different from the
larvae (caterpillars)? Learn more about moths and
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