Insect Trivia – Moths & Butterflies

  1. Silk comes from the cocoons of the true silk moth.
  2. The larva spins its cocoon using a single stand of silk that is about 1500 feet long.
  3. More than 25,000 cocoons must be unraveled to make one pound of silk thread.
  4. The largest butterfly in the world is the Birdwing Butterfly from the Solomon Islands.  Its wing span is 12 inches.
  5. Monarch Butterflies have been known to fly over 2000 miles as they fly south in late summer.
  6. Some caterpillars have over 4000 muscles by contrast humans have 792.

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