In late-May, the metamorphosis has finished and the new butterflies cruise the sky. While searching online for fun facts about butterflies, two things can be learned. One it appears that by law, websites devoted to butterflies must utilize fonts like Comic Sans. And two while cute, butterflies are cool is not a fun fact. But, fun facts can be found. Did you know that silvery blue butterfly caterpillars (found in Canada) have a honey gland, which secretes a sweet substance that attracts ants to feed on it? In symbiotic bliss, the ants tend the caterpillars, protecting them from predators. Theyve had a while to negotiate such a relationship, because the earliest-known butterflies appeared about 130 million years ago, along with the ants, during the heyday of the dinosaurs, the Cretaceous Period.
Stay tuned for next months animal fact from the calendar guru, Camara Miller.
Next month will be about cougars.