Interesting Facts About the Eight Endangered Species of Butterflies
Nature has presented us with more or less 20,000 species of butterflies. However, as ecosystem is gradually being destroyed and their habitat is almost always one of those affected, some of these butterfly species are now facing extinction or now are classified as endangered.
An insect of the order of Lepidoptera, butterflies comprise the true butterflies. They are well-known for their strange life cycle: starting as caterpillar (larva stage), going to an inactive pupal stage, through a dramatic metamorphosis, and finally transforming into a beautiful and colorful winged adult. Almost entirely spending their day flying in search of flowers, butterflies regularly attract attention. Enjoy the thrill of watching them, who knows some of them, you will see flying for the last time.
Below are some endangered species of butterfly:
A Morpho butterfly is any of more than 80 species comprising the genus Morpho. These endangered butterflies are widespread in Mexico, Central America and South America. They are characterized by their large wingspans that ranges between 7.5 cm to 20 cm. Most of them come in metallic, shining hues of blue and green.
The Emerald Swallowtail (Papilio palinurus), one of the few rare green butterflies, are mostly found in Southeast Asia including the Philippines, Indonesia, Borneo and Myanmar. These gentle green butterflies are also called Emerald Peacock or Green-banded Peacock Swallowtail.
Giant Owl Butterfly
The giant owl butterfly is any of the 20 species comprising the genus of Caligo that inhabits the rain forests of Central and South America and areas in Mexico. As their name implies, owl butterflies are characterized by their huge eyes resembling owl’s eyes. Commonly seen flying around dusk, these endangered butterflies, own an 8 inches wingspan but are only capable of flying short distances at a time.
Karner Blue Butterfly
Karner Blue Butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis), is another endangered butterfly species characterized by the males shining silver or blue topside mark with thin black lines. Males can have wingspans that can reach an inch wide. Females sport grayish brown markings on their outer wings, to shining blue especially on the topside mark by some orange crescents along the narrow wing border.
Queen Alexandra Birdwing
Having a wingspan that can reach 25 cm for females, the Queen Alexandra Birdwing is the world’s largest butterfly! These giants but endangered species of butterfly are a familiar fixtures at northern Papua New Guinea’s lowland forests. Color for both sexes vary, males sporting mostly black with iridescent yellow, green and/or blue markings while females carry mostly brown hues mark with lighter spots.
Mission Blue Butterfly
The Mission blue butterfly,(Plebejus icarioides missionensis), is a blue beauty native to the San Francisco Bay Area, U.S.A. A relatively small butterfly, it measures around 21-33 mm with a wingspan of about 1–1½ inches. Males are black in color with “long, white, hair-like scales”, while the bodies come in dark-brown color. Females can be distinguish by their dark brown upper wings.
Maritime Ringlet Butterfly
The Maritime Ringlet Butterfly (Coenonympha nipisiquit McDunnough), is one of two species of Canadian butterflies that lives in salt marshes. Colors vary in both sexes, males sporting dark orange-brown wings with skirmish of paler orange brown, while females come in orange brown. Their wingspan measure between 32 to 36 mm.
El Segundo Blue Butterfly
The El Segundo blue butterfly is another endangered species measuring about 20-25 mm long. Males hind wings are bright blue on color with black margins, while females have dark brown upper wings. Their under are light grayish brown in color mark with black squares and an orange band.