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Growing Butterflies Since 1969

  • Hold a miracle in your hands!

    Providence, RI 08/30/2014
  • Watch them grow, then let them go!

    Watch them grow, then let them go!

  • Show them the miracle of life!

    Show them the miracle of life!

  • Hold a miracle in your hands!

    Hold a miracle in your hands!

Butterfly Stories

    Butterfly Facts
    • Butterfly Fact # 21

      Painted Lady butterflies can cover a lot of ground - up to 100 miles per day during their migration!

    • Butterfly Fact # 32

      A Painted Lady is capable of reaching speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour!

    • Butterfly Fact # 100

      Butterflies taste with their feet!

    • Butterfly Fact # 5

      The Painted Lady is the most widely distributed butterfly in the world.

    • Butterfly Fact # 4

      Painted Lady butterflies feed from over 100 different plants, making them incredibly vital pollinators!

    • Butterfly Fact # 24

      Caterpillars have twelve tiny eyes located near the mouth on both sides of the head!

    • Butterfly Fact # 47

      Butterflies will often feed from mud puddles to ingest minerals and salts, which are important supplements to their diet!

    • Butterfly Fact # 42

      Caterpillars have false legs at the rear of their bodies, which can be used for grasping or as "suction" cups!

    • Butterfly Fact # 71

      Butterfly wings are formed by layers of "chitin", the protein that makes up an insect's exoskeleton!

    • Butterfly Fact # 11

      When a butterfly emerges from the chrysalis, its mouth is made up of two separate pieces. The butterfly must "fuse" or "zip" these two parts together to form one tubular proboscis before it is able to eat!

    • Butterfly Fact # 99

      Caterpillars spin silk using tiny spinnerets located on the lower part of the head. When you see a caterpillar moving its head from side to side, it is usually spinning silk!

    • Butterfly Fact # 19

      Butterflies belong to an order, or group, called "Lepidoptera". The word "Lepidoptera" means "scaly wings" in Greek!

    • Butterfly Fact # 14

      Most butterflies prefer to feed on nectar, but others will feed on the juices of rotting fruit or animal dung.

    • Butterfly Fact # 20

      If butterflies get too cold, they cannot fly. That's why we recommend you release your butterflies when daytime temperatures are above 55 degrees Fahrenheit!

    • Butterfly Fact # 41

      Painted Lady butterflies can adjust to almost any habitat. They are found in suburban, agricultural, swamp, bog, marsh, tundra, desert, meadow, forest, rainforest and mountain environments!

    • Butterfly Fact # 52

      All butterflies have a long, tube-shaped mouth called a "proboscis" which they use to drink liquids such as plant nectar! When not in use, this proboscis stays curled up and out of sight!

    • Butterfly Fact # 64

      The vibrant colors of a butterfly's wings warn predators to stay away, as bright colors signify being poisonous or bitter to taste!

    • Butterfly Fact # 3

      Butterflies have no lungs! They actually breath through openings on their abdomen called 'spiracles'!

    • Butterfly Fact # 29

      Butterfly use their antennae to feel, smell and hear!

    • Butterfly Fact # 53

      A butterfly's proboscis is almost as long as its entire body!

    • Butterfly Fact # 7

      A group of butterflies is known as a "flutter" or "kaleidoscope"!

    • Butterfly Fact # 13

      Painted lady butterflies have six legs, though it looks like they only have four! This is because their front legs are small and tucked up against their bodies!

    • Butterfly Fact # 10

      Butterflies are nearsighted but can see many of the same colors that we can - as well as ultraviolet colors that we are unable to see!

    • Butterfly Fact # 8

      Once released, Painted Lady butterflies can live outdoors for as long as an entire year!

    • Butterfly Fact # 27

      Painted lady caterpillars will shed their exoskeleton five times as they eat and grow!

    • Butterfly Fact # 73

      The largest threat to butterflies are not predators, but rather the loss of their habitats!

    • Butterfly Fact # 13

      A caterpillar's first meal is often its own eggshell! The outer shell of the egg is rich in protein and gives them a nutritious boost!

    • Butterfly Fact # 62

      Butterflies produce a special adhesive to "glue" their eggs to host plants.

    • Butterfly Fact # 34

      Painted Lady butterflies inhabit every continent except Australia and Antarctica!

    • Butterfy Fact # 85

      A butterfly cannot fly or eat immediately after emergence. It needs time to prepare itself for life as a butterfly!

    • Butterfly Fact # 1

      Painted Lady Butterflies lay their eggs on thistle, malva (or mallow), hollyhock and fiddleneck.

    • Butterfly Fact # 22

      Caterpillars can spin silk! They use silk to attach themselves to their host plants in order to avoid falling or being blowing off by wind!

    • Butterfly Fact # 101

      One caterpillar has as many as 4,000 muscles in its body - with 248 in its head alone!