Butterflies Park In Canada

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is a part of heaven on earth located in Canada.The private company is not dependent on the state and prosper using revenue from sales of tickets, gifts and rolls in the local cafe. Under the roof of the butterfly park thousands of various butterflies, tropical plants, birds and spiders from different parts of our planet are collected.

Butterflies and moths or lepidopterans belong to the largest group of insects. Around 170 thousand of the creatures are found today. New types are discovered all the time. Butterflies occupy the second position in the rating of pollinators being overcome by bees.

They are called "lepidopterans" because of their wing structure. Ancestors of butterflies lacked any wings and couldn't fly at all. Instead of wings ancient butterflies used to have special knots that protected the respiratory fissures. Later the knots were developed into wings taking the insects into the air.

Membraneous wings are covered with flat squames - this is how the variety of colors can be explained.Owl-butterfly is enjoying the orange taste". Pigment squame contains color pigment the yield of which depends on what was eaten by the lepidopterous larva. Optic squames are transparent and colorless.They reflect and refract light creating irisated radiance. 

Many butterflies are wisely colored: their wings are bright on the top and dark from below. When the insect is hovering around flowers it won't be striking the eye. When it is at rest, it will be hard for a predator to notice its dark side of the wings. Though owl-butterfly behaves in quite a different way. In the vicinity of danger it opens its wings and turns to the predator. The color of its wings then resembles an owl's head making the hunting bird to depart. "The Rice Paper is taking the sun bath".

It's known that butterflies live just 1 or 2 days. The short time is spent on enjoying nectar, mating, laying eggs and hovering in the sunlight. The coition process lasts from 20 minutes to 1 hour. Common Mormon (Papilio polytes) found in India can be of 3 color types. It produces the impression that the insects can mate not only with butterflies of particular species as it usually happens. That's why they were called mormons who practice polygamy.

Look at the butterflies through a microscope and you will see that the creatures are far from being beautiful. Don't forget that they are insects. Snouts and bug-eyes head look ugly. The length of the snout depends on the flower length as it helps in reaching nectar.

Many lepidopterans from the tropical regions prefer fruits to flowers. Excessive intake of citrous alcohol can lead to health problems and snout deformity in particular. The butterfly must have mixed different nectars and got totally drunk.

Butterflies can't boast of perfect vision as they are not good at noticing fixed objects. They don't see red color but are well-oriented in ultraviolet light.

The Conservatory is home not only to butterflies but also to pushy quails running around and knocking down poor butterflies and other inhabitants.

By the way, it's not that easy to take a picture of Morpho peleides as they are never at rest. A rare exception: the butterfly is not flying anywhere.

The Zebra Finch, Taeniopygia guttata, is the most common and familiar estrildid finch of Central Australia.

Inhabitants of the Conservatory are actively studied and cultivated.

Plain Tiger or African Monarch looks pretty but it's cunning and stinking. In case of attack the butterfly drops as if it was dead and starts emitting an awful odor. It is always successful in saving the life of its own.

The Red Postman (Heliconius erato) is always flying using the same route.

The Pink Rose (Pachliopta kotzebuea).

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