Butterflies seem like such simple creatures when we see them flitting past or riding along on the wind from one flower to another.
I looked up fun facts about butterflies on the website scienceforkids.com. Here are some of the facts:
Butterflies can live in the adult stage from anywhere between a week and a year, depending on the species.
- Butterflies have four wings.
- Butterflies often have brightly coloured wings with unique patterns made up of tiny scales.
- Most butterflies feed on nectar from flowers.
- Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet.
- Scientists estimate that there are between 15000 and 20000 different species of butterfly.
- Birdwing butterflies have large, angular wings and fly in a similar way to birds.
- Monarch butterflies are known for their long migration. Every year monarch butterflies will travel a great distance (sometimes over 4000 km), females will lay eggs and a new generation of monarchs will travel back, completing the cycle.
Even the simplest of creatures have complexities that we don’t realize until we take time to look at them up close or do a little research.
I believe in divine creation and in a Creator God who delights in the details of His masterpieces and in the diversity of species. Wouldn’t only one species of butterfly – or maybe ten – still get the job done?
Beauty, after all, is in the details.