Brush Footed Butterflies
The Brush-footed family is the largest family in the world,
making up of several thousand species. Many are medium to large
sized butterflies. The forelegs are useless for walking. The
larvae are usually covered with spines and tuberless. The pupae
hang from the cremoster only and frequently have metallic spots
The Gossamer Wing butterfly has an iridescent silvery body
with narrow dark boarders. Their wings have a row of white-ringed,
round, black spots.
The male metalmark has a round wing. The upper side of the
wings are brown with orange borders and a dark median band. The
wing span rang from 1 1/8 inches to 1 1/4 inches.
The skipper is different from most butterflies because of
it's fast, erratic, skipping flight. The skipper has smaller
wings and a more stout, hairy body than most butterflies. They
have silver almost transparent looking wings with spots on them.
The predominant colors are white and yellow. The forewings
have three to five radial veins. The hind wings have two anal
veins. The forelegs are well developed. The eggs are elongated
and fusiform. The larvae have very short hairs. Sulfurs range
in size from twenty-five mm to one hundred mm. The pupa has a
frontal prominence. There are more than one thousand species.
The eggs are laid either singularly or in clusters.
Swallowtails are some of the most beautiful types of butterflies.
There are 600 to 700 known species of swallowtails. About 35
known species of swallowtails butterflies live in North America.
Swallowtails are some of the largest types of butterflies. They
are usually black, brown and yellow with red and blue spots.
Their average wingspan is 2-12 inches. You can tell if a butterfly
is a swallowtail by looking at its wings. If it is a swallowtail
it will usually have "tails" at the bottom of its hind
wings. Swallowtail are beautiful and amazing butterflies.