Butterflies are brightly coloured flying insects with two pairs of large wings. They come in a variety of colours and sizes from a wing-span of one centimetre to the Queen Alexandra birdwing measuring up to twenty-five centimetres, making this type of species the biggest butterfly in the world.

There are more than twelve thousand species of butterfly. They are made up of the head, the thorax and the abdomen. They have soft scaled wings and have six legs and two antennae.

They all go through a cycle of four stages: egg, caterpillar, pupa and adulthood. The average life span (depending on weather conditions) for an adult is twenty to forty days. Some like the Monarch, live longer and have been known to migrate for thousands of miles during the winter.

Butterflies are bright and colourful, active during the day they can be observed fluttering in summer gardens. They do not sting or bite they are everyone’s favourite!