The  Butterfly

Butterflies exist in about 17,500 different species, and are found in most parts of the world. They have an average life span of about 20 to 40 days, though some live only 3-4 days and others may live as long as six months. The smallest known butterfly is just over half inch in size, while the largest has been measured twelve inches from wingtip to wingtip.

Even though the butterfly has a short life span, it has come to symbolize rebirth, or resurrection, and immortality, in many cultures. The three stages of caterpillar, chrysalis, and finally, the beautiful butterfly still create awe and wonder in us, especially when we have seen a "newborn'" butterfly emerge from its "sleep," dry its small wings and take flight.

The greatest threat to butterflies is habitat change and loss due to residential, commercial or agricultural development, and the deepening problem of climate change.

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