entomology

Banded Swallowtail Caterpillar
Butterflies’ secret ‘weapons’

Besides being well known as pollinators, butterflies are also food sources for other animals, such as birds, small lizards and frogs. In order to avoid becoming a predator’s delicious meal, butterflies have to develop several strategies to fight back.

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The importance of butterflies to the world!

Intrinsic value Butterflies and moths are the second most abundant species of insects in the world, after the beetles. Butterflies exist on all continents except Antarctica. Butterflies have a long natural history on Earth. Scientists…

New Lacewing (Cethosia cyane)
What are Butterflies?

Butterflies and moths come from the same group of insects, which is the order of Lepidoptera. The word Lepidoptera is derived from Greek, which means “scaly wings” or λεπίδος (scale) and πτερόν (wings). The beauty…

Gynandromorph Rajah Brooke's Birdwing-
Gynandromorph Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing!

What is “gynandromorph”? Gynandromorph refers to organisms that display both female & male traits. In other words, they are both male & female. This happens to butterflies but chances of finding them are rare. Here’s…

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Some Butterflies Do Listen To You

Did you know that some butterflies have ears? Scientists have just learnt more about the ears on the Morpho peleides… Here’s what the scientists said: The ears of insects exhibit a broad functional diversity with…

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Extinct Butterflies

Extinction isn’t a strange term to most of us. While extinction is known to be a natural phenomenon, and had happened before without any human intervention, the extinctions that occur in the recent millennia had been mainly human-induced.

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Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing

Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing Trogonoptera brookiana, or more commonly known as the Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing, was first described in 1855 by a British naturalist, Alfred R. Wallace in Borneo. He named the species in honour of…

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