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American painted lady butterfly

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Sabrina Dubreuil

on 6 November 2012

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Transcript of American painted lady butterfly

American painted lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis) Physical description adaptations Extras Interesting facts Photo Photo Did you know that they are cold blooded? Adaptations To survive against predators, these butterflies must fly, camouflage, frighten, or distract the predator. When eating, they must use their sucker to drink the nectar from plants. During the winter, they often migrate down to south Texas and Mexico. Reproduction During the afternoon, males perch on the hiltops or low vegetation. Once they found a mate, they position themselves back to back and the male clasps the female's abdomen and deposits the sperm. The female then lays the egg on top of the host plant's leaves. It takes seven days for the eggs to hatch. Life Cycle Ecological niche Habitat: sunny, open habitats like fields, meadows, hiltops, etc. Physical Description Size: 44mm-54mm Diagram Diagram Eyes: brown compound eyes Antenna: long beige antennas Buccal apparatus: sucker Wings: white, black, brown, orange, and pink, (5cm across) Legs: six long beige legs that have small pads which serve as suction cups Did you know that they can see yellow, green, and red? Did you know that they migrate from May-November? Did you know that they have six legs, but only use four? Did you know that they taste through their feet and breathe through the side of its body? Shelter: The caterpillar makes nests with silk and leaves. Diet: The caterpillar eats cudweed, everlastings, and plants in the aster family. The adults drink nectar from plants like milkweed, dogbane, goldenrod, etc. Predators: ants, insects, birds, reptiles, frogs,etc. Social structure: They are social animals as butterflies, but solitaire as caterpillars. Role in nature: They are primary consumers who eat plants and bacteria, but also get eaten by other animals. Also, the adult butterflies pollinate flowers and plants. Photo Photo Range: Across North America; in the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico. Photos Bibliography http://www.gardenbuildingsdirect.co.uk/Article/painted-lady-butterfly http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Vanessa-virginiensis http://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=American-Lady-Butterfly http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Painted_Lady https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in823 range http://www.laspilitas.com/butterflies/Butterflies_and_Moths/American_Painted_lady/American_painted_lady.htm
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