8 Cairns Birdwing Butterfly Facts

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We tend to admire butterfly wings related to 8 Cairns Birdwing Butterfly Facts for their captivating elegance. Your negligence in ignoring other fascinating details about these wings is therefore quite excusable... but would not you like to know more? Here are our top ten (well, maybe more) facts you will be enthusiastic to learn.

The scientific title for the butterfly/moth family is Lepidoptera. This word is derived from Traditional roots indicating "scale wings." For scientists, the most obvious feature that divides butterflies and moths from different insects is their scaly wings. While we might not notice this immediately, deeper inspection of the butterfly shows the fact that their wings are made from tiny machines that are actually bulbous, modified feathers. The pigments of the machines on the wings come either from chemical pigments such as melanin or from plants and waste that build up during metamorphosis. If you look at macrophotography pictures of these machines, you can see the scales differ not only in color, they differ in shape. Some butterflies appear to possess a "dusty" texture. When you look at macrophotography shots of these butterflies, you'll see that the round-shaped machines actually look like an old, tightly woven rug! Other butterflies appear to possess a glossy or metallic texture. When you look at macrophotography shots of these butterflies, you'll notice that the machines are relatively flat with crisp, overlapping edges. Depending on the space between these flat, overlapping machines, reflective light waves interface to the degree that some wavelengths are cancelled out while others are enhanced - like the patterns on a soap bubble. This is why the famous morpho butterflies possess a metallic, iridescent look.

To get a moment, let us forget about the shape and color of these machines: there's anything interesting that we discover by rubbing them all off: if the scales are eliminated, the side that's quit appears clear and somewhat wrinkly - sort of like Saran Wrap! Some variety of butterflies are in fact, scaleless. Collectors contact them glass side butterflies. Although these butterflies are interesting to look at, we've to wonder whether or not having no machines may be a slight disadvantage considering that the machines of butterfly wings are flexible and home-cleaning! Brushing might therefore be slightly more complicated for glass wings! One last fact about the machines on butterfly wings: they often change hue - or even color - when wet. The variety Papilio Ulysses Ulysses is particularly beautiful to behold when it is wet: rather than its popular, vibrant blue, the wings appear to be a teal-ish natural shade when wet. Unfortunately, we seldom get to observe this detail in nature since butterflies hide from the rain - which leads us to our next round of fascinating details.

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Glenda Stovall
Publish at February 24, 2019 By: in Butterfly Category.

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