Butterflies don't have long lives. How long do butterflies live?
The Zebra Longwing (the Florida state butterfly) may live up to six months. Some people believe because they eat pollen in addition to nectar, it gives them their long butterfly life. Hmm, maybe we should eat pollen.
The Painted Lady, American Painted Lady and the Mourning Cloak butterflies live for many months up to a year.
The Great Spangled Fritillary lives 3 months.
The Green Comma may live 5 months.
And the little Pearl Crescent lives from 6 to 12 months.
Monarch butterflies live from 2 to 6 weeks. The migrating Monarchs have an extended lifespan of 8 to 9 months.
Butterflies have three body parts, a head, thorax and an abdomen. They also have six jointed legs.
Whereas, spiders have eight legs and two body parts.
The wings of butterflies are actually transparent. Their wings are covered with scales, no not like fish scales.
The scales on the butterfly's wings are what contain their beautiful colors. Their wings are actually transparent.
If the scales get rubbed off of their wings, they will be unable to fly.
How long do butterflies live, not long if they can't fly? So be very gentle with the precious butterflies.
Butterflies eat, actually drink flower nectar. They suck up nectar through their long proboscis.
They may ingest some pollen when they are on the flowers. But pollen is not normally their main food, except for the Zebra Longwing, as noted above.
They like to land and sit down when they eat. Daisy flowers give them an ideal landing pad with plenty of nectar to eat.
A lot of how long do butterflies live depends on how much food they can find to eat.
Butterflies will come for the nectar in your flowers.
Butterflies normally rest at night hanging on the underside of a leaf or in other protected areas of the landscape.
How do you tell the difference between a moth and butterfly?
It's easy when you know how. There some distinct differences between a butterfly and a moth.
I think it goes without saying, we do
not use any pesticides in our butterfly gardens. Butterflies certainly live longer without pesticides. We don’t want to kill the
butterflies visiting our yard.
Then when you wonder - How long do butterflies live, you will know you have done your best to help take care of these lovely creatures.