Our upcoming March event, Bayonets and Butterflies, required us to do quite a bit of research on butterflies in museums. We found some fantastic information as well as links, and we’d love to share them with you.
Did you know?
- Monarch butterflies journey from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of about 2000 miles, and return to the north again in the spring.Then knowing that…… the next fact is amazing!
- The Brimstone butterfly (Gonepterix rhamni) has the longest lifetime of the adult butterflies: 9-10 months. They often live for just a few weeks.
- Many butterflies can taste with their feet to find out whether the leaf they sit on is good to lay eggs on to be their caterpillars’ food or not.
- Butterflies live on an all-liquid diet
- Butterflies can’t fly if they’re cold
WA Museum – The Butterfly Gallery (click to visit) – Detailing the preservation of the WA Museum’s butterfly collection.
WA Museum – Butterfly Cross Pinning (click to visit) – A short video of Western Australian Museum Entomology Curator Nikolai Tatarnic cross-pinning specimens being decanted from the Butterfly Gallery.
Parks and Wildlife Service – Butterfly Gardening (click to visit) – How to select plants to bring more butterflies to your garden.
Our event on March 13th is well worth attending if you find the study of butterflies interesting.
The evening starts at 6pm with some delicious French canapes before we view the screening.