Yes! Butterflies Do Both Fly and Fight!

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A creepy spider and a fluttering butterfly in mortal combat as a worrisome worm watches in upside-down frozen horror!

But do fear not!

The battle-hardened butterfly definitely has the upper wing!

In many butterfly species the males can be seen fighting intensively for territory. What determines who wins is something that has long eluded researchers. A dissertation at the Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, in Sweden, suggests that the victor is the most highly motivated of the combatants. And this combatant is most highly motivated, I do say!

But worry not, for butterflies do go to Heaven, along with most dogs and a few cats!

And yes, for all you feminists butterflies, the females of the species do flutter with the best of them.

8 Replies to “Yes! Butterflies Do Both Fly and Fight!”

    1. Monarch butterfly migration is the phenomenon, mainly across North America, where the subspecies Danaus plexippus plexippus migrates each summer and autumn to and from overwintering sites on the West Coast of California or mountainous sites in Central Mexico. Other subspecies perform minor migrations or none at all. This massive movement of butterflies has been called “one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world”.

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