Flight of the butterflies

Many species show sexual dimorphism in the patterns of UV reflective patches. In the genera ColiasErebiaEuchloeand Parnassius, a small number of species are known that reproduce semi-parthenogenetically ; when the female dies, a partially developed larva emerges from her abdomen.

They sip water from damp patches for hydration and feed on nectar from flowers, from which they obtain sugars for energy, and sodium and other minerals vital for reproduction. The front eight segments have spiracles and the terminal segment is modified for reproduction.

Some species have evolved dark wingbases to help in gathering more heat and this is especially evident in alpine forms.

Some species have a reduced proboscis or maxillary palps and do not feed as adults. Although most caterpillars are herbivorous, a few species are predators: They can see polarized light and therefore orient even in cloudy conditions.

Near the end of each stage, the larva undergoes a process called apolysismediated by the release of a series of neurohormones. The antennae are richly covered with sensory organs known as sensillae.

To transform from the miniature wings visible on the outside of the pupa into large structures usable for flight, the pupal wings undergo rapid mitosis and absorb a great deal of nutrients. There it spins a button of silk which it uses to fasten its body to the surface and moults for a final time.

The thorax is composed of three segments, each with a pair of legs. Many species have long larval life stages while others can remain dormant in their pupal or egg stages and thereby survive winters. Some species lay eggs singly, others in batches. The number of generations per year varies from temperate to tropical regions with tropical regions showing a trend towards multivoltinism.

Each of the three thoracic segments has two legs among nymphalidsthe first pair is reduced and the insects walk on four legs. The naked pupa, often known as a chrysalis, usually hangs head down from the cremaster, a spiny pad at the posterior end, but in some species a silken girdle may be spun to keep the pupa in a head-up position.

These scales give butterfly wings their colour: The surface of both butterflies and moths is covered by scales, each of which is an outgrowth from a single epidermal cell.

It is not clear how it dispersed; adults may have been blown by the wind or larvae or pupae may have been accidentally transported by humans, but the presence of suitable host plants in their new environment was a necessity for their successful establishment. It is endemic to New South Wales.

The eastern North American population of monarchs can travel thousands of miles south-west to overwintering sites in Mexico. The antennae come in various shapes and colours; the hesperiids have a pointed angle or hook to the antennae, while most other families show knobbed antennae.It’s a natural history epic.

It’s a compelling detective story. It’s a scientific adventure at its best. It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth.

Following the year-long annual migration cycle of the butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed. The official YouTube channel for the IMAX/large-format film "Flight of the Butterflies".

What is Flight of the Butterflies? It's a natural history epic. It's. In Flight of the Butterflies, you’ll join the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey while following an intrepid scientist’s year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, an award-winning production team.

Flight of the Butterflies is a Canadian documentary film directed and co-written by Mike Slee for 3D IMAX, starring Megan Follows, Gordon Pinsent, and Shaun Benson. Jan 08,  · Join hundreds of millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway, and one scientist's year search to unravel the mystery - where do they go each fall?

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Flight of the Butterflies is an interconnected scientific adventure story that spans not only thousands of miles, but generations. It’s about the remarkable Monarch butterfly migration, the most incredible migration on Earth, and the determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously /5().

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