7th December 2019


Do butterflies flutter or fly?

A butterfly is physically capable of flying a straight true course, instead of flitting and fluttering up and down, seemingly erratically. Basically, it flutters that way because it can; unlike most other flying insects. This is unlike other insects, whose wings flutter much much faster, but have far less surface area.

In this manner, why do butterflies fly so erratic?

Butterflies and moths use their wings for many purposes: for flight, as mobile billboards to advertise how poisonous they are, and to create camouflage patterns. But the butterfly's erratic flight is actually an evolutionary tactic that makes it harder for any would-be predators to predict the insect's flightpath.

Do butterflies fly fast?

As far as we know, butterfly speed has not been measured! Certainly, some fast-flying skippers can fly 30 miles per hour or faster. Slow flying butterflies probably fly five miles per hour or a little faster.

How far can butterflies fly in a day?

While "navigation" systems in automobiles are a fairly new (and still costly) innovation, monarch butterflies have managed for millennia to navigate their way for a distance of some 3000 miles (4800 kilometers) each fall from Canada to Mexico (and vice-versa in the spring) without losing their way.
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