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 Farfalla: trasmutazione e la danza della gioia

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MessaggioOggetto: Farfalla: trasmutazione e la danza della gioia   Mer 28 Apr 2010 - 15:47

Apro questa scheda in modo da omaggiare una persona che conosco che adora le farfalle...

Oltre la simbologia vedremo insieme alcune caratteristiche, data la quantità di informazioni ho riportato solo alcuni stralci da wikipedia perciò per un approfondimento vi consiglio la lettura al link originale...

Buona lettura!


FONTE: http://www.esoterya.com/totem-farfalla/2072/


Simbolo della trasformazione che porta tutto verso di qualche cosa di migliore.
La farfalla ci insegna a plasmare e trasformare la nostra vita in maniera intelligente, creando nella realtà in cui viviamo situazioni comode e consone a noi, in modo da render possibili i nostri desideri.
Ogni qual volta si ha una nuova idea, è un passo verso la realizzazione che si rispecchia nel processo di sviluppo della farfalla.
Inizialmente la farfalla, rappresenta la nascita di un’idea, nello stadio larvale indica una fase in cui occorre decidere se il desiderio debba essere realizzato o no, nella fase bozzolo ci insegna ad entrare dentro il nostro animo e legare questa idea al nostro essere interiore, la nascita della farfalla è la nuova realtà, la tappa finale in cui si può condividere la propria gioia con altri.
Le quattro fasi della trasformazione, si svolgono in maniera costante, durante il corso della nostra vita.
La forza della farfalla ci aiuta a dare ordine nella nostra vita, dare un peso alle decisioni, e realizzare quello in cui si crede.


FONTE: http://animalitotem.wordpress.com/
Farfalla (Dealan-Dé): Molte culture collegano le farfalle con le anime dei morti. Nella tradizione celtica, nei viaggi ultraterreni dove apparivano farfalle erano presenti energie negative. Nella tradizione attuale invece, la farfalla vi insegnerà a liberarvi dal passato e dagli schemi mentali superati, aiutandovi a fare chiarezza per risolvere i problemi.

FARFALLA – Un catalizzatore per la trasformazione. Ti aiuta nelle fasi di transizione. Un sostegno per lasciare andare il passato, progredire e lasciarsi trasportare con fiducia sulle ali del vento. Incoraggia i sentimenti di leggerezza, di grazia e alimenta la capacità di dare e ricevere.


FONTE: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farfalla



Farfalla
Da Wikipedia, l'enciclopedia libera.

La farfalla è un insetto che, come le falene, appartiene all'ordine dei Lepidotteri.
La distinzione tra farfalle e falene non risponde a una classificazione scientifica tassonomica, ma deriva dall'uso comune. In base a tale distinzione "popolare", alcuni autori del passato hanno proposto una distinzione tra Ropaloceri o "Rhopalocera" (farfalle), che nella classificazione moderna corrispondono alle superfamiglie Hesperioidea e Papilionoidea, ed Eteroceri o "Heterocera" (falene). Questa distinzione oggi, però, non è più scientificamente accettata.
Le farfalle hanno abitudini generalmente diurne ed hanno antenne clavate, a differenza di quelle delle falene, che sono spesso pettinate o filiformi, e chiudono le ali a libro in posizione di riposo.
Questa distinzione di comodo, al pari di quella tra macrolepidotteri e microlepidotteri, pur non essendo più ritenuta valida, viene talvolta ancora utilizzata dagli entomologi per ragioni pratiche, dato che corrisponde a differenze nei metodi di studio dei diversi gruppi.
Il ciclo vitale [modifica]
Quattro sono i principali stadi di un ciclo vitale di una farfalla: uovo, larva, pupa e adulto.
* Uovo: Poco prima del momento della schiusa l'uovo diventa scuro, ed il giovane bruco può essere visto muoversi al suo interno. Prima ritaglia una sorta di "coperchio" circolare nell'involucro rigido dell'uovo, quindi spinge il corpo fuori dell'uovo contorcendosi.
Questa è una delle fasi di maggiore vulnerabilità. Una volta uscito, il bruco generalmente mangia il guscio vuoto dell'uovo. Ciò gli fornisce l'alimentazione necessaria alla sopravvivenza fino al momento in cui sarà riuscito ad individuare la sua pianta ospite.
* Bruco: Il bruco sceglie uno stelo adatto e tesse un cuscinetto di seta cui attacca la coda. Quindi fissa una "cintura" dello stesso materiale che fa passare attorno al centro del corpo e che rimane attaccata al supporto offerto dallo stelo. La cuticola del bruco si fende lungo il dorso e la pupa inizia ad emergere. Una serie di contorcimenti sospinge la cuticola del bruco verso la coda. Questa vecchia pelle viene abbandonata, ed una serie di uncini sulla coda viene fissata al cuscinetto sericeo. A questo punto la pupa assume la sua forma definitiva.
* Pupa: Poco prima dello sfarfallamento, il colore della farfalla adulta diventa vagamente visibile. L'involucro della pupa si fende e la farfalla comincia faticosamente ad uscire.
Quando è completamente uscita, la farfalla emette dall'estremità dell'addome un liquido detto meconio, contenente i prodotti di rifiuto accumulati durante lo stadio pupale.
Dopo la schiusa, la farfalla rimane con le ali ripiegate e penzolanti, e le espande pompando emolinfa nelle nervature alari. È importante che le ali dell'insetto si espandano abbastanza in fretta prima di indurirsi; in caso contrario, rimarrebbero deformate in modo permanente.
* Adulto: La farfalla completamente sviluppata ha un tipo di vita totalmente differente da quello del bruco: mentre questo si nutre di foglie per crescere, la farfalla passa il tempo a succhiare il nettare dei fiori e ad accoppiarsi.

In genere la vita da farfalla è abbastanza breve, varia da qualche giorno a una settimana o due e, solo in alcuni casi, può raggiunge il mese di vita. Per esempio, la Vanessa io, o Occhio di pavone (Inachis io), sverna in letargo prima di deporre gruppi di oltre 500 uova alla volta ad inizio primavera, quindi è in grado di superare due stagioni.
La farfalla più grande esistente è la Ornithoptera alexandrae o farfalla della regina Alessandra che può raggiungere un'apertura alare di 31cm, una lunghezza corporea di 8 cm e un peso fino a 12 grammi.[1]


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MessaggioOggetto: Re: Farfalla: trasmutazione e la danza della gioia   Mer 28 Apr 2010 - 15:49

La farfalla è simbolo dell'anima, della gioia, della danza.

Come vedremo ci insegna che la nostra crescita deve avvenire in maniera delicata senza traumi...e ci insegna a gioire della vita...

FONTE: http://www.linsdomain.com/totems/pages/butterfly.htm
Transmutation, Dance of Joy
The butterfly is the symbol of change, joy and color.
It is the symbol of the soul.
They remind us that life is a dance,
not to take things quite so seriously.
They also remind us to get up and move.
Dance brings the sweetness of life.
Butterflies bring color and joy to your life.
Look at them and remember what joy is in your life,
if its a lot or a little, it is still joy.
They teach us that growth and transformation does not have to traumatic;
it can occur gently, sweetly, joyfully.
If a butterfly totem has shown up in your life,
make note of the most important issues in your life,
and see what needs to be changed.



Grazie a questo documento di wikipedia conosceremo le sue caratteristiche e molte curiosità...come ad esempio lo sapevate che la farfalla era raffigurata da molte culture antiche, come gli egizi, risalenti ad oltre 3500 anni fa?

Buona lettura!


FONTE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly



Butterfly
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A butterfly is any of several groups of mainly day-flying insects of the order Lepidoptera, the butterflies and moths. Like other holometabolous insects, butterflies' life cycle consists of four parts, egg, larva, pupa and adult. Most species are diurnal. Butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. Butterflies comprise the true butterflies (superfamily Papilionoidea), the skippers (superfamily Hesperioidea) and the moth-butterflies (superfamily Hedyloidea). All the many other families within the Lepidoptera are referred to as moths.

Butterflies exhibit polymorphism, mimicry and aposematism. Some, like the Monarch, will migrate over long distances. Some butterflies have evolved symbiotic and parasitic relationships with social insects such as ants. Butterflies are important economically as agents of pollination. The caterpillars of some butterflies eat harmful insects. A few species are pests because in their larval stages they can damage domestic crops or trees. Culturally, butterflies are a popular motif in the visual and literary arts.
Contents
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* 1 Life cycle
o 1.1 Egg
o 1.2 Caterpillars
+ 1.2.1 Wing development
o 1.3 Pupa
o 1.4 Adult or imago
* 2 External morphology
o 2.1 Scales
* 3 Polymorphism
o 3.1 Mimicry
o 3.2 Seasonal polyphenism
* 4 Habits
* 5 Flight
o 5.1 Migration
* 6 Defense
* 7 Notable species
* 8 In culture
o 8.1 Art
o 8.2 Symbolism
o 8.3 Technological inspiration
* 9 See also
* 10 Field guides to butterflies
* 11 Cited references
* 12 Other references
* 13 External links
o 13.1 General interest
o 13.2 Regional lists
* 14 Literature
o 14.1 Images/Movies

Life cycle
Mating Common Buckeye Butterflies

It is a popular belief that butterflies have very short life spans. However, butterflies in their adult stage can live from a week to nearly a year depending on the species. Many species have long larval life stages while others can remain dormant in their pupal or egg stages and thereby survive winters.[1]

Butterflies may have one or more broods per year. The number of generations per year varies from temperate to tropical regions with tropical regions showing a trend towards multivoltinism.
Egg

Butterfly eggs consist of a hard-ridged outer layer of shell, called the chorion. This is lined with a thin coating of wax which prevents the egg from drying out before the larva has had time to fully develop. Each egg contains a number of tiny funnel-shaped openings at one end, called micropyles; the purpose of these holes is to allow sperm to enter and fertilize the egg. Butterfly and moth eggs vary greatly in size between species, but they are all either spherical or ovate.

Butterfly eggs are fixed to a leaf with a special glue which hardens rapidly. As it hardens it contracts, deforming the shape of the egg. This glue is easily seen surrounding the base of every egg forming a meniscus. The nature of the glue is unknown and is a suitable subject for research. The same glue is produced by a pupa to secure the setae of the cremaster. This glue is so hard that the silk pad, to which the setae are glued, cannot be separated.

Eggs are usually laid on plants. Each species of butterfly has its own hostplant range and while some species of butterfly are restricted to just one species of plant, others use a range of plant species, often including members of a common family.

The egg stage lasts a few weeks in most butterflies but eggs laid close to winter, especially in temperate regions, go through a diapause (resting) stage, and the hatching may take place only in spring. Other butterflies may lay their eggs in the spring and have them hatch in the summer. These butterflies are usually northern species, such as the Mourning Cloak (Camberwell Beauty) and the Large and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.
Caterpillars

Butterfly larvae, or caterpillars, consume plant leaves and spend practically all of their time in search of food. Although most caterpillars are herbivorous, a few species such as Spalgis epius and Liphyra brassolis are entomophagous (insect eating).
Some larvae, especially those of the Lycaenidae, form mutual associations with ants. They communicate with the ants using vibrations that are transmitted through the substrate as well as using chemical signals.[2][3] The ants provide some degree of protection to these larvae and they in turn gather honeydew secretions.
Caterpillars mature through a series of stages called instars. Near the end of each instar, the larva undergoes a process called apolysis, in which the cuticle, a tough outer layer made of a mixture of chitin and specialized proteins, is released from the softern epidermis beneath, and the epidermis begins to form a new cuticle beneath. At the end of each instar, the larva moults the old cuticle, and the new cuticle expands, before rapidly hardening and developing pigment. Development of butterfly wing patterns begins by the last larval instar.
Butterfly caterpillars have three pairs of true legs from the thoracic segments and up to 6 pairs of prolegs arising from the abdominal segments. These prolegs have rings of tiny hooks called crochets that help them grip the substrate.
Some caterpillars have the ability to inflate parts of their head to appear snake-like. Many have false eye-spots to enhance this effect. Some caterpillars have special structures called osmeteria which are everted to produce smelly chemicals. These are used in defense.
Host plants often have toxic substances in them and caterpillars are able to sequester these substances and retain them into the adult stage. This helps making them unpalatable to birds and other predators. Such unpalatibility is advertised using bright red, orange, black or white warning colours. The toxic chemicals in plants are often evolved specifically to prevent them from being eaten by insects. Insects in turn develop countermeasures or make use of these toxins for their own survival. This "arms race" has led to the coevolution of insects and their host plants.[4]
Wing development
Last instar wing disk, Junonia coenia
Detail of a butterfly wing

Wings or wing pads are not visible on the outside of the larva, but when larvae are dissected, tiny developing wing disks can be found on the second and third thoracic segments, in place of the spiracles that are apparent on abdominal segments. Wing disks develop in association with a trachea that runs along the base of the wing, and are surrounded by a thin peripodial membrane, which is linked to the outer epidermis of the larva by a tiny duct.
Wing disks are very small until the last larval instar, when they increase dramatically in size, are invaded by branching tracheae from the wing base that precede the formation of the wing veins, and begin to develop patterns associated with several landmarks of the wing.
Near pupation, the wings are forced outside the epidermis under pressure from the hemolymph, and although they are initially quite flexible and fragile, by the time the pupa breaks free of the larval cuticle they have adhered tightly to the outer cuticle of the pupa (in obtect pupae). Within hours, the wings form a cuticle so hard and well-joined to the body that pupae can be picked up and handled without damage to the wings.

When the larva is fully grown, hormones such as prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH) are produced. At this point the larva stops feeding and begins "wandering" in the quest of a suitable pupation site, often the underside of a leaf.

The larva transforms into a pupa (or chrysalis) by anchoring itself to a substrate and moulting for the last time. The chrysalis is usually incapable of movement, although some species can rapidly move the abdominal segments or produce sounds to scare potential predators.

The pupal transformation into a butterfly through metamorphosis has held great appeal to mankind. To transform from the miniature wings visible on the outside of the pupa into large structures usable for flight, the pupal wings undergo rapid mitosis and absorb a great deal of nutrients. If one wing is surgically removed early on, the other three will grow to a larger size. In the pupa, the wing forms a structure that becomes compressed from top to bottom and pleated from proximal to distal ends as it grows, so that it can rapidly be unfolded to its full adult size. Several boundaries seen in the adult color pattern are marked by changes in the expression of particular transcription factors in the early pupa.
Adult or imago

The adult, sexually mature, stage of the insect is known as the imago. As Lepidoptera, butterflies have four wings that are covered with tiny scales (see photo). The fore and hindwings are not hooked together, permitting a more graceful flight. An adult butterfly has six legs, but in the nymphalids, the first pair is reduced. After it emerges from its pupal stage, a butterfly cannot fly until the wings are unfolded. A newly-emerged butterfly needs to spend some time inflating its wings with blood and letting them dry, during which time it is extremely vulnerable to predators. Some butterflies' wings may take up to three hours to dry while others take about one hour. Most butterflies and moths will excrete excess dye after hatching. This fluid may be white, red, orange, or in rare cases, blue.
External morphology
Main article: Glossary of Lepidopteran terms

Parts of an adult butterfly


Butterflies have two antennae, two compound eyes, and a proboscis

Adult butterflies have four wings: a forewing and hindwing on both the left and the right side of the body. The body is divided into three segments: the head, thorax, and the abdomen. They have two antennae, two compound eyes, and a proboscis.
Scales

Butterflies are characterized by their scale-covered wings. The coloration of butterfly wings is created by minute scales. These scales are pigmented with melanins that give them blacks and browns, but blues, greens, reds and iridescence are usually created not by pigments but the microstructure of the scales. This structural coloration is the result of coherent scattering of light by the photonic crystal nature of the scales.[5][6][7] The scales cling somewhat loosely to the wing and come off easily without harming the butterfly.




Microstructure of a scale
Polymorphism

Many adult butterflies exhibit polymorphism, showing differences in appearance. These variations include geographic variants and seasonal forms. In addition many species have females in multiple forms, often with mimetic forms. Sexual dimorphism in coloration and appearance is widespread in butterflies. In addition many species show sexual dimorphism in the patterns of ultraviolet reflectivity, while otherwise appearing identical to the unaided human eye. Most of the butterflies have a sex-determination system that is represented as ZW with females being the heterogametic sex (ZW) and males homogametic (ZZ).[8]
Genetic abnormalities such as gynandromorphy also occur from time to time. In addition many butterflies are infected by Wolbachia and infection by the bacteria can lead to the conversion of males into females[9] or the selective killing of males in the egg stage.[10]
Mimicry
The Heliconius butterflies from the tropics of the Western Hemisphere are the classical model for Müllerian mimicry.[11]
Batesian and Mullerian mimicry in butterflies is common. Batesian mimics imitate other species to enjoy the protection of an attribute they do not share, aposematism in this case. The Common Mormon of India has female morphs which imitate the unpalatable red-bodied swallowtails, the Common Rose and the Crimson Rose. Mullerian mimicry occurs when aposematic species evolve to resemble each other, presumably to reduce predator sampling rates, the Heliconius butterflies from the Americas being a good example.
Wing markings called eyespots are present in some species; these may have an automimicry role for some species. In others, the function may be intraspecies communication, such as mate attraction. In several cases, however, the function of butterfly eyespots is not clear, and may be an evolutionary anomaly related to the relative elasticity of the genes that encode the spots.[12][13]
Seasonal polyphenism
Many of the tropical butterflies have distinctive seasonal forms. This phenomenon is termed seasonal polyphenism and the seasonal forms of the butterflies are called the dry-season and wet-season forms. How the season affects the genetic expression of patterns is still a subject of research.[14] Experimental modification by ecdysone hormone treatment has demonstrated that it is possible to control the continuum of expression of variation between the wet and dry-season forms.[15] The dry-season forms are usually more cryptic and it has been suggested that the protection offered may be an adaptation. Some also show greater dark colours in the wet-season form which may have thermoregulatory advantages by increasing ability to absorb solar radiation.[16]
Bicyclus anynana is a species of butterfly that exhibits a clear example of seasonal polyphenism. These butterflies, endemic to Africa, have two distinct phenotypic forms that alternate according to the season. The wet-season forms have large, very apparent ventral eyespots whereas the dry-season forms have very reduced, oftentimes nonexistent, ventral eyespots. Larvae that develop in hot, wet conditions develop into wet-season adults where as those growing in the transition from the wet to the dry season, when the temperature is declining, develop into dry-season adults.[17] This polyphenism has an adaptive role in B. anynana. In the dry-season it is disadvantageous to have conspicuous eyespots because B. anynana blend in with the brown vegetation better without eyespots. By not developing eyespots in the dry-season they can more easily camouflage themselves in the brown brush. This minimizes the risk of visually mediated predation. In the wet-season, these brown butterflies cannot as easily rely on cryptic coloration for protection because the background vegetation is green. Thus, eyespots, which may function to decrease predation, are beneficial for B. anynana to express.[18]
Habits
Antennae shape in the lepidoptera from C. T. Bingham (1905)
The Australian painted lady feeding on a flowering shrub

Butterflies feed primarily on nectar from flowers. Some also derive nourishment from pollen,[19] tree sap, rotting fruit, dung[20], decaying flesh[21], and dissolved minerals in wet sand or dirt. Butterflies are important as pollinators for some species of plants although in general they do not carry as much pollen load as the Hymenoptera. They are however capable of moving pollen over greater distances.[22] Within the Lepidoptera, the Hawkmoths and the Noctuidae are dominant as pollinators.[23]
As adults, butterflies consume only liquids and these are sucked by means of their proboscis. They feed on nectar from flowers and also sip water from damp patches. This they do for water, for energy from sugars in nectar and for sodium and other minerals which are vital for their reproduction. Several species of butterflies need more sodium than provided by nectar. They are attracted to sodium in salt and they sometimes land on people, attracted by human sweat. Besides damp patches, some butterflies also visit dung, rotting fruit or carcasses to obtain minerals and nutrients. In many species, this Mud-puddling behaviour is restricted to the males and studies have suggested that the nutrients collected are provided as a nuptial gift along with the spermatophore during mating.[24]
Butterflies sense the air for scents, wind and nectar using their antennae. The antennae come in various shapes and colours. The hesperids have a pointed angle or hook to the antennae, while most other families show knobbed antennae. The antennae are richly covered with sensillae. A butterfly's sense of taste is coordinated by chemoreceptors on the tarsi, which work only on contact, and are used to determine whether an egg-laying insect's offspring will be able to feed on a leaf before eggs are laid on it.[25] Many butterflies use chemical signals, pheromones, and specialized scent scales (androconia) and other structures (coremata or 'Hair pencils' in the Danaidae) are developed in some species.
Vision is well developed in butterflies and most species are sensitive to the ultraviolet spectrum. Many species show sexual dimorphism in the patterns of UV reflective patches.[26] Color vision may be widespread but has been demonstrated in only a few species.[27][28]
Some butterflies have organs of hearing and some species are also known to make stridulatory and clicking sounds.[29]
Many butterflies, such as the Monarch butterfly, are migratory and capable of long distance flights. They migrate during the day and use the sun to orient themselves. They also perceive polarized light and use it for orientation when the sun is hidden.[30]
Many species of butterfly maintain territories and actively chase other species or individuals that may stray into them. Some species will bask or perch on chosen perches. The flight styles of butterflies are often characteristic and some species have courtship flight displays. Basking is an activity which is more common in the cooler hours of the morning. Many species will orient themselves to gather heat from the sun. Some species have evolved dark wingbases to help in gathering more heat and this is especially evident in alpine forms.[31]
Like many other members of the insect world, the lift generated by butterflies is more than what can be accounted for by steady-state, non-transitory aerodynamics. Studies using Vanessa atalanta in a windtunnel show that they use a wide variety of aerodynamic mechanisms to generate force. These include wake capture, vortices at the wing edge, rotational mechanisms and Weis-Fogh 'clap-and-fling' mechanisms. The butterflies were also able to change from one mode to another rapidly.[32]
Migration
Many butterflies migrate over long distances. Particularly famous migrations are those of the Monarch butterfly from Mexico to northern USA and southern Canada, a distance of about 4000 to 4800 km (2500–3000 miles). Other well known migratory species include the Painted Lady and several of the Danaine butterflies. Spectacular and large scale migrations associated with the Monsoons are seen in peninsular India.[33] Migrations have been studied in more recent times using wing tags and also using stable hydrogen isotopes.[34][35]

Butterflies have been shown to navigate using time compensated sun compasses. They can see polarized light and therefore orient even in cloudy conditions. The polarized light in the region close to the ultraviolet spectrum is suggested to be particularly important.[36]
It is suggested that most migratory butterflies are those that belong to semi-arid areas where breeding seasons are short.[37] The life-histories of their host plants also influence the strategies of the butterflies.[38]
Defense
The wings of a butterfly (Leopard Lacewing Cethosia cyane) become increasingly damaged as it ages, and do not repair
Butterflies are threatened in their early stages by parasitoids and in all stages by predators, diseases and environmental factors. They protect themselves by a variety of means.
Chemical defenses are widespread and are mostly based on chemicals of plant origin. In many cases the plants themselves evolved these toxic substances as protection against herbivores. Butterflies have evolved mechanisms to sequester these plant toxins and use them instead in their own defense.[39] These defense mechanisms are effective only if they are also well advertised and this has led to the evolution of bright colours in unpalatable butterflies. This signal may be mimicked by other butterflies. These mimetic forms are usually restricted to the females.
Eyespots on the wings of this butterfly are part of the animal's defense
Cryptic coloration is found in many butterflies. Some like the oakleaf butterfly are remarkable imitations of leaves.[40] As caterpillars, many defend themselves by freezing and appearing like sticks or branches. Some papilionid caterpillars resemble bird dropping in their early instars. Some caterpillars have hairs and bristly structures that provide protection while others are gregarious and form dense aggregations. Some species also form associations with ants and gain their protection (See Myrmecophile).

Behavioural defenses include perching and wing positions to avoid being conspicuous. Some female Nymphalid butterflies are known to guard their eggs from parasitoid wasps.[41]
Eyespots and tails are found in many lycaenid butterflies and these divert the attention of predators from the more vital head region. An alternative theory is that these cause ambush predators such as spiders to approach from the wrong end and allow for early visual detection.[42]

A butterfly's hind wings are thought to allow the butterfly to take swift, tight turns to evade predators.[43]
Notable species
Rusty-tipped Page (Siproeta epaphus), Butterfly World (Florida)

There are between 15,000 and 20,000 species of butterflies worldwide. Some well-known species from around the world include:

* Swallowtails and Birdwings, Family Papilionidae
o Common Yellow Swallowtail, Papilio machaon
o Spicebush Swallowtail, Papilio troilus
o Lime Butterfly, Papilio demoleus
o Ornithoptera genus (Birdwings; the largest butterflies)
* Whites or Yellows, Family Pieridae
o Small White, Pieris rapae
o Green-veined White, Pieris napi
o Common Jezebel, Delias eucharis
* Blues and Coppers or Gossamer-Winged Butterflies, Family Lycaenidae
o Xerces Blue, Glaucopsyche xerces (extinct)
o Karner Blue, Lycaeides melissa samuelis (endangered)
o Red Pierrot, Talicada nyseus
* Metalmark butterflies, Family Riodinidae
o Duke of Burgundy, Hamearis lucina
o Plum Judy, Abisara echerius
* Brush-footed butterflies, Family Nymphalidae
o Painted Lady, or Cosmopolitan, Vanessa cardui
o Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus
o Morpho genus
o Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria
* Skippers, Family Hesperiidae
o Mallow Skipper, Carcharodus alceae
o Zabulon Skipper, Poanes zabulon

In culture
Art

Artistic depictions of butterflies have been used in many cultures including Egyptian hieroglyphs 3500 years ago.[44] Today, butterflies are widely used in various objects of art and jewelry: mounted in frame, embedded in resin, displayed in bottles, laminated in paper, and used in some mixed media artworks and furnishings.[45] Butterflies have also inspired the "butterfly fairy" as an art and fictional character, including in the Barbie Mariposa film.
Symbolism

According to the “Butterflies” chapter in Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things, by Lafcadio Hearn, a butterfly is seen as the personification of a person's soul; whether they be living, dying, or already dead. One Japanese superstition says that if a butterfly enters your guestroom and perches behind the bamboo screen, the person whom you most love is coming to see you. However, large numbers of butterflies are viewed as bad omens. When Taira no Masakado was secretly preparing for his famous revolt, there appeared in Kyoto so vast a swarm of butterflies that the people were frightened — -thinking the apparition to be a portent of coming evil.[46]

The Russian word for "butterfly", бабочка (bábochka), also means "bow tie". It is a diminutive of "baba" or "babka" (= "woman, grandmother, cake"), whence also "babushka" = "grandmother".

The Ancient Greek word for "butterfly" is ψυχή (psȳchē), which primarily means "soul", "mind".[47]

According to Mircea Eliade's Encyclopedia of Religion, some of the Nagas of Manipur trace their ancestry from a butterfly.[48]
Butterfly and Chinese wisteriaflowers, by Xü Xi (c.886–c.975), painted around 970 during the early Song Dynasty.

In Chinese culture two butterflies flying together are a symbol of love. Also a famous Chinese folk story called Butterfly Lovers. The Taoist philosopher Zhuangzi once had a dream of being a butterfly flying without care about humanity, however when he woke up and realized it was just a dream, he thought to himself "Was I before a man who dreamt about being a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?"

In some old cultures, butterflies also symbolize rebirth into a new life after being inside a cocoon for a period of time.

Jose Rizal delivered a speech in 1884 in a banquet and mentioned "the Oriental chrysalis ... is about to leave its cocoon" comparing the emergence of a "new Philippines" with that of butterfly metamorphosis.[49] He has also often used the butterfly imagery in his poems and other writings to express the Spanish Colonial Filipinos' longing for liberty.[50] Much later, in a letter to Ferdinand Blumentritt, Rizal compared his life in exile to a weary butterfly with sun-burnt wings.[51]
Der Schmetterlingsjäger (The butterfly hunter) by Carl Spitzweg (1840), a depiction from the era of butterfly collection.

Some people say that when a butterfly lands on you it means good luck.[citation needed] However, in Devonshire, people would traditionally rush around to kill the first butterfly of the year that they see, or else face a year of bad luck.[52] Also, in the Philippines, a lingering black butterfly or moth in the house is taken to mean that someone in the family has died or will soon die.[53][54]

The idiom "butterflies in the stomach" is used to describe a state of nervousness.

In the NBC television show Kings, butterflies are the national symbol of the fictional nation of Gilboa and a sign of God's favor.
Technological inspiration

Researches on the wing structure of Palawan Birdwing butterflies led to new wide wingspan kite and aircraft designs.[55]

Studies on the reflection and scattering of light by the scales on wings of swallowtail butterflies led to the innovation of more efficient light-emitting diodes.[56]

The structural coloration of butterflies is inspiring nanotechnology research to produce paints that do not use toxic pigments and in the development of new display technologies.

The discoloration and health of butterflies in butterfly farms, is now being studied for use as indicators of air quality in several cities.[57]
See also

* Butterfly zoo
* Differences between butterflies and moths
* Florida Museum of Natural History#McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
* List of butterflies in Taiwan
* List of butterflies of Great Britain
* List of butterflies of Tobago
* List of butterflies of Menorca
* List of butterflies of India
* List of butterflies of North America
* List of U.S. state butterflies
* Moth

Field guides to butterflies

Some field guides to butterfly species include:[58]

* Butterflies of North America, Jim P. Brock and Kenn Kaufman (2003)
* Butterflies through Binoculars: The East, Jeffrey Glassberg (1999)
* Butterflies through Binoculars: The West, Jeffrey Glassberg (2001)
* A Field Guide to Eastern Butterflies, Paul Opler (1994)
* A Field Guide to Western Butterflies, Paul Opler (1999)
* Peterson First Guide to Butterflies and Moths, Paul Opler (1994)
* Las Mariposas de Machu Picchu by Gerardo Lamas (2003)
* The Millennium Atlas of Butterflies in Britain and Ireland by Jim Asher (Editor), et al.
* Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland by Richard Lewington
* Butterflies of Britain and Europe (Collins Wildlife Trust Guides) by Michael Chinery
* Butterflies of Europe by Tom Tolman and Richard Lewington (2001)
* Butterflies of Europe New Field Guide and Key by Tristan Lafranchis (2004)
* Butterflies of Lebanon by Torben B. Larsen. Beirut. (1974)
* The butterflies of Saudi Arabia and its neighbours. by Torben B. Laren (Stacey intl.) (1984)
* The butterflies of Egypt by Torben B. Larsen (Apollo Books, Denmark). (1990)
* Field Guide to Butterlies of South Africa by Steve Woodhall (2005)
* The butterflies of Kenya and their natural history by Torben B. Larsen (OUP) (1991)
* Butterflies of Sikkim Himalaya and their Natural History by Meena Haribal (1994).
* Butterflies of Peninsular India by Krushnamegh Kunte, Universities Press (2005).
* Butterflies of the Indian Region by Col M. A. Wynter-Blyth, Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India (1957).
* A Guide to Common Butterflies of Singapore by Steven Neo Say Hian (Singapore Science Centre)
* Butterflies of West Malaysia and Singapore by W.A.Fleming. (Longman Malaysia)
* The Butterflies of the Malay Peninsula by A.S. Corbet and H. M. Pendlebury. (The Malayan Nature Society)
* Butterflies of West Africa (two vols.) by Torben B. Larsen. (Apollo Books, Denmark) (2005)
* Oxford Butterflies of India by Thomas Gray, I.D.Kehimkar, J Punetha, Oxford University Press (2008)

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Nei documenti che seguono vedremo la simbologia della farfalla nonchè ancora qualcosa legata ai miti....


FONTE: Animali e spiritualità. La convivenza con l'uomo. Sacrifici rituali e miti. Spiriti e simboli animali di Saunders Nicholas J. Ed. EDT

La metamorfosi da bruco a pupa a creatura alata ha fatto della farfalla il simbolo quasi universale dell'anima e l'immagine evocatrice della rinascita mistica.

Nella visione cristiana, la farfalla che esce dalla crisalide spesso rappresenta l'anima che abbandona il corpo al momento della morte.

Gli Aborigeni australiani identificavano le farfalle con gli spiriti dei defunti che tornavano sulla terra dopo aver assunto l'aspetto di bruchi per raggiungere l'aldilà.

Nel Messico Azteco la farfalla era associata alle donne che morivano di parto alle quali venivano tributati gli stessi onori dei guerrieri caduti in battaglia, fatto che forse spiega la trasformazione della dea farfalla Itzpapalotl in una divinità assetata di sangue, sempre a chiedere nuovi sacrifici.

Essendo emblemi della rinascita, per i Maori della Nuova Zelanda esse rappresentano la longevità e l'immortalità. Tale visione è condivisa in Cina, dove la farfalla è ugualmente collegata alla gioia di vivere per il suo modo bizzarro di volare senza tregua.



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Itzpapalotl
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Itzpapalotl (o "farfalla con gli artigli" o ancora "farfalla di ossidiana") era - secondo la mitologia azteca - una tzitzimime, spaventosa divinità dall'aspetto di scheletro che governava il mondo paradisiaco di Tamoanchan.

Era la dea protettrice delle donne morte durante il parto e rappresentava lo spirito ancestrale delle tztitzimime.

Veniva raffigurata con delle grosse zampe di giaguaro e due ali di farfalla ed era associata specificatamente alla farfalla notturna Rothschildia Orizaba della famiglia delle saturnidae.


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Molte volte l'articolo di wikipedia inglese è più ricco di quello che possiamo trovare in italiano, che vi ho riportato nel post precedente.

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Itzpapalotl
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In Aztec mythology, Itzpapalotl ("Clawed Butterfly" or "Obsidian Butterfly") was a fearsome skeletal warrior goddess, who ruled over the paradise world of Tamoanchan, the paradise of victims of infant mortality and place identified where humans were created.[1] She is the mother of Mixcoatl and is particularly associated with the moth Rothschildia orizaba from the family Saturniidae. Some of her associations include birds and fire.[2] Her nahualli was a deer.
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* 1 Iconography
* 2 Ritual
* 3 Mythology
* 4 Popular culture
* 5 See also
* 6 Notes
* 7 References
* 8 External links

[edit] Iconography

Itzpapalotl's name can either mean "obsidian butterfly" or "clawed butterfly", the latter meaning seems most likely. It's quite possible that clawed butterfly refers to the bat and in some instances Itzpapalotl is depicted with bat wings. However, she can also appear with clear butterfly or eagle attributes. Her wings are obsidian or tecpatl (flint) knife tipped.[3] (In the Manuscript of 1558, Itzpapalotl is described as having "blossomed into the white flint, and they took the white and wrapped it in a bundle.") She could appear in the form of a beautiful, seductive woman or terrible goddess with a skeletal head and butterfly wings supplied with stone blades. Although the identity remains inconclusive, the Zapotec deity named Goddess 2J by Alfonso Caso and Ignacio Bernal may be a Classic Zapotec form of Itzpapalotl. In many instances Goddess 2J, whose image is found on ceramic urns, is identified with bats. "In folklore, bats are sometimes called "black butterflies"".[4]
[edit] Ritual

Itzpapalotl is the patron of the day Cozcuauhtli and Trecena 1 House in the Aztec calendar. The Trecena 1 House is one of the five western trecena dates dedicated to the cihuateteo, or women who had died in childbirth. Not only was Itzpapalotl considered one of the cihuateteo herself, but she was also one of the tzitzimime, star demons that threatened to devour people during solar eclipses.[5]

As the legend goes, Itzpapalotl fell from heaven along with Tzitzimime and several other shapes such as scorpions and toads. Itzpapalotl wore an invisible cloak so that no one could see her. At some times, she was said to have dressed up like a lady of the Mexican Court, caking her face with white powder and lining her cheeks with strips of rubber. Her fingers tapered into the claws of a jaguar, and her toes into eagle's claws.
[edit] Mythology

According to the Manuscript of 1558, section VII, Itzpapalotl was one of two divine 2-headed doe-deers (the other one being Chimalman) who temporarily transformed themselves into women in order to seduce men. Itzpapalotl approached the two "cloud serpents named Xiuhnel and Mimich", who transformed themselves into men (so as to disguise themselves when all the others of the Centzonmimixcoa had been slain in the ambush?). To Xiuhnel, Itzpapalotl said ""Drink, Xiuhnel." Xiuhnel drank the blood (menstrual?) and then immediately lay down with her. Suddenly she ... devoured him, tore open his breast. ... Then Mimich ... ran and ... descended into a thorny barrel cactus, fell into it, and the woman fell down after him."[6]
[edit] Popular culture

In Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, the ninth book is named Obsidian Butterfly and involves a vampire named Itzpapalotl, who was once an Aztec priestess and believes herself actually to be the goddess of that name. She also runs a nightclub named Obsidian Butterfly, in keeping with Hamilton's tradition of naming books after businesses encountered within them.
[edit] See also

* Aztec mythology in popular culture
* Cihuateteo
* Cihuacoatl
* Tzitzimime
* Mixcoatl
* Tamoanchan
* List of women warriors in folklore, literature, and popular culture

[edit] Notes

1. ^ Itzpapalotl, the Obsidian or Clawed Butterfly
2. ^ Itzpapalotl: Itzpapalotl, Goddess of Fire and Birds in Aztec Religion, Mythology
3. ^ Miller & Taube, p. 100
4. ^ Elizabeth Benson : "The Maya and the Bat", p. 113. In :- LATIN AMERICAN INDIAN LITERATURES JOURNAL, vol 4 (1988). Citing :- Elsie Clews Parsons : Mitla. U of Chicago Pr, 1936. p. 318
5. ^ Miller & Taube, p. 100
6. ^ Miguel León-Portilla & Earl Shorris : In the Language of Kings. Norton & Co., NY, 2001. p. 61

[edit] References

Miller, Mary; and Karl Taube (1993). The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya: An Illustrated Dictionary of Mesoamerican Religion. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-05068-6. OCLC 27667317.
Read, Kay Almere; and Jason J González (2002). Handbook of Mesoamerican Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs of Mexico and Central America. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-514909-2. OCLC 77857686.
Sahagún, Bernardino de (1997) [ca.1558–61]. Primeros Memoriales. Civilization of the American Indians series vol. 200, part 2. Thelma D. Sullivan (English trans. and paleography of Nahuatl text), with H.B. Nicholson, Arthur J.O. Anderson, Charles E. Dibble, Eloise Quiñones Keber, and Wayne Ruwet (completion, revisions, and ed.). Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-2909-9. OCLC 35848992.


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MessaggioOggetto: Re: Farfalla: trasmutazione e la danza della gioia   Ven 1 Ott 2010 - 16:22

Admin, trovo questo sito sempre fornitissimo e ben curato...

in questa scheda presentano la simbologia legata alla farfalla, naturalmente spicca l'importanza della trasformazione, la metamorfosi, ci insegna ad accettare i cambiamenti della nostra vita.

Per molte culture la sua simbologia riguarda l'anima, l'amore giovanile, l'ispirazione...

Buona lettura!

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Butterfly Animal Symbolism

Overwhelmingly, cultural myth and lore honor the butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis.

From egg, to larvae (caterpillar), to pupa (the chrysalis or cocoon) and from the cocoon the butterfly emerges in her unfurling glory.

What a massive amount of transition this tiny creature undergoes. Consider for a moment the kind of energy this expends. I daresay if a human were to go through this kind of change we’d freak out!

Imagine the whole of your life changing to such an extreme you are unrecognizable at the end of the transformation. Mind you, this change takes place in a short span of about a month too (that’s how long the butterfly life cycle is).

Herein lies the deepest symbolic lesson of the butterfly. She asks us to accept the changes in our lives as casually as she does. The butterfly unquestioningly embraces the chances of her environment and her body.

This unwavering acceptance of her metamorphosis is also symbolic of faith. Here the butterfly beckons us to keep our faith as we undergo transitions in our lives. She understands that our toiling, fretting and anger are useless against the turning tides of nature – she asks us to recognize the same.

A quick-list of Butterfly animal symbolism:

* Resurrection
* Transition
* Celebration
* Lightness
* Time
* Soul

Interestingly, in many cultures the butterfly is associated with the soul – further linking our animal symbolism of faith with the butterfly.

In Greek myth, Psyche (which literally translates to mean “soul”) is represented in the form of a butterfly. Befittingly, Psyche is forever linked with love as she and Eros (the Greek god of love, also known in Roman myth as Cupid) shared an endlessly passionate bond together – both hopelessly in love with the other.

Greece doesn’t corner the market on associating the butterfly with the soul. Here are a few other ancient cultures that associated this elegant creature with the soul:

* Asian (central)
* Mexican – Aztec
* New Zealand
* Zaire

Even Christianity considers the butterfly a soulful symbol. To wit, the butterfly is depicted on ancient Christian tombs, as Christ has been illustrated holding a butterfly in Christian art.

It’s connection with the soul is rather fitting. We are all on a long journey of the soul. On this journey we encounter endless turns, shifts, and conditions that cause us to morph into ever-finer beings. At our soul-journey’s end we are inevitably changed – not at all the same as when we started on the path.

To take this analogy a step further, we can look again to the grace and eloquence of the butterfly and realize that our journey is our only guarantee. Our responsibility to make our way in faith, accept the change that comes, and emerge from our transitions as brilliantly as the butterfly.


Celtic Butterfly:
Research reveals that the symbolic meaning of the butterfly is similar across most cultures and time. Invariably, this beautiful Celtic animal symbol represents transformation, inspiration, and rebirth. The concept of rebirth with the Celts is particularly of importance in terms of recycling of life – both in the spiritual and physical realms. Perhaps the bible and the Byrds extol the concept best: "To every season, turn, turn turn." This was an intimate concept with the Celts, and the butterfly – in its miraculous way symbolizes transformation and rebirth. More on butterfly meanings here. Transition is common in all nature, and the Celtic woman would be keenly aware of its presence. As such, butterflies would adorn birthing gowns, blankets, and bed sheets as a sign of smooth transition when welcoming new babies into the village fold.


Butterfly:
The Chinese animal symbol Butterfly represents love, specifically young love. Happily flitting from flower to flower – it signifies a happy social life for the young and young- at-heart. Chinese legend has it that the Butterfly symbolizes an undying bond between lovers. All romantics-at-heart would do well to place an image of a Butterfly in their home. A perfect gift for a new couple is this design embroidered on towels for the couple's home. Representative of the Yang energy, this symbol can energize you or a loved one, it reminds us of the energy of love.




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MessaggioOggetto: Re: Farfalla: trasmutazione e la danza della gioia   Ven 5 Nov 2010 - 15:50

Sai Admin oggi mi è tornato in mente un documentario che parlava delle grandi imprese che gli animali fanno...

tra queste le migrazioni e le strategie difensive e ricordo che mi colpì particolarmente quella della farfalla Monarca.. quindi riporto quello che ho trovato grazie a wikipedia di cui riporto solo alcune parti perciò per una lettura completa consiglio di visitare il sito originario...

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FONTE IMMAGINE: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Monarch_Butterfly_Danaus_plexippus_on_Echinacea_purpurea_2800px.jpg

Danaus plexippus
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La Monarca (Danaus plexippus Linnaeus, 1758) è una farfalla della famiglia Nymphalidae, nativa dell'America. È probabilmente la farfalla più conosciuta di tutto il Nord America. La Monarca è l’“insetto nazionale” degli stati dell’Alabama, Idaho, Illinois e Texas,[1] e la “farfalla nazionale” del Minnesota, Vermont e West Virginia.[2] Nel 1989 è stata nominata "insetto nazionale" degli Stati Uniti d’America e "insetto nazionale" del Canada.

Migrazioni e strategie difensive

Ha una notevole resistenza al volo il che le consente di compiere lunghe migrazioni. Eccezionalmente un individuo di questa specie ha volato per 2112 km in 46 giorni. Questo favorisce la dispersione della specie, che occasionalmente è stata rinvenuta anche in zone molto lontane dall'areale originario.
Le popolazioni del Nord America compiono invece migrazioni periodiche tra le regioni più settentrionali, dove è presente solo nella stagione estiva, e le zone di svernamento. In autunno le farfalle volano verso sud, formando gruppi di migliaia di individui. Quelle degli Stati Uniti occidentali raggiungono alcune zone montuose della California tra San Francisco e Los Angeles, dove trascorrono l’inverno in uno stato di semiibernazione aggrappate a decine di migliaia ai tronchi e ai rami degli alberi. Quelle del Canada meridionale e degli Stati Uniti centrali e orientali raggiungono una piccola valle situata in Messico a 3000 m di altitudine, dove durante l’inverno si concentrano oltre 14 milioni di farfalle in un ettaro e mezzo di superficie. Nella primavera successiva, dopo gli accoppiamenti, gli individui di entrambi i sessi iniziano il viaggio di ritorno, durante il quale alcune femmine si fermano a deporre le uova; in alcuni casi è la generazione successiva a completare il viaggio ricolonizzando le regioni più settentrionali..
Sia le larve che gli adulti presentano vivaci colorazioni aposematiche, che li difendono dai predatori vertebrati, avvertendoli della presenza di sostanze tossiche (cardenolidi) che li rendono inappetibili. Queste sostanze vengono assimilate durante lo sviluppo larvale dalle specie di Asclepias di cui il bruco si nutre.


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Monarch (butterfly)
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Female
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Male
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The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae), in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia since 1871 where it is called the Wanderer.[3][4][5] In Europe it is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe. Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 centimetres (3½–4 in).[6] (The Viceroy butterfly has a similar size, color, and pattern, but can be distinguished by an extra black stripe across the hind wing.) Female Monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot called the "androconium" in the center of each hind wing[7] from which pheromones are released. Males are also slightly larger.

The Monarch is famous for its southward migration and northward return in summer in the Americas which spans the life of three to four generations of the butterfly.

Migration

Monarchs are especially noted for their lengthy annual migration. In North America they make massive southward migrations starting in August until the first frost. A northward migration takes place in the spring. The monarch is the only butterfly that migrates both north and south as the birds do on a regular basis. But no single individual makes the entire round trip. Female monarchs deposit eggs for the next generation during these migrations.[20]

By the end of October, the population east of the Rocky Mountains migrates to the sanctuaries of the Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve within the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt pine-oak forests in the Mexican states of Michoacán and México. The western population overwinters in various sites in central coastal and southern California, United States, notably in Pacific Grove and Santa Cruz.

The length of these journeys exceeds the normal lifespan of most monarchs, which is less than two months for butterflies born in early summer. The last generation of the summer enters into a non-reproductive phase known as diapause and may live seven months or more.[7] During diapause, butterflies fly to one of many overwintering sites. The generation that overwinters generally does not reproduce until it leaves the overwintering site sometime in February and March.

It is thought that the overwinter population of those east of the Rockies may reach as far north as Texas and Oklahoma during the spring migration. It is the second, third and fourth generations that return to their northern locations in the United States and Canada in the spring. How the species manages to return to the same overwintering spots over a gap of several generations is still a subject of research; the flight patterns appear to be inherited, based on a combination of the position of the sun in the sky[21] and a time-compensated Sun compass that depends upon a circadian clock that is based in their antennae.[22][23]

Monarch butterflies are one of the few insects capable of making trans-Atlantic crossings. They are becoming more common in Bermuda due to increased usage of milkweed as an ornamental plant in flower gardens. Monarch butterflies born in Bermuda remain year round due to the island's mild climate. A few monarchs turn up in the far southwest of Great Britain in years when the wind conditions are right, and have been sighted as far east as Long Bennington. In Australia, Monarchs make limited migrations in cooler areas,[3] but the Blue Tiger butterfly is better known in Australia for its lengthy migration.[4] Monarchs can also be found in New Zealand. On the islands of Hawaii no migrations have been noted.

Monarch butterflies are poisonous or distasteful to birds and mammals because of the presence of cardiac glycosides that are contained in milkweed consumed by the larva. It is thought that the bright colors of larva and adults function as warning colors. During hibernation monarch butterflies sometimes suffer losses because hungry birds pick through them looking for the butterflies with the least amount of poison, but in the process killing those that they reject.


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MessaggioOggetto: Re: Farfalla: trasmutazione e la danza della gioia   Lun 25 Lug 2011 - 8:58

Riporto l'incipit di un articolo apparso sul sito Repubblica.it dal titolo: Monarca, Faraone & C. farfalle che rischiano di sparire che troverete nel seguente link: http://www.repubblica.it/ambiente/2011/07/18/news/rischi_farfalle-19121198/

Monarca, Faraone & C. farfalle che rischiano di sparire

La prima messa in serio pericolo dalle colture intensive del nordamerica. In Europa il 30% delle specie rischia l'estinzione. Un fenomeno che dovrebbe farci preoccupare, visto il ruolo fondamentale di questi insetti nell'ecosistema
di SARA FICOCELLI

OGNI ANNO, il 2 novembre, i messicani cercano in cielo una nuvola sgargiante. Aspettano lo sciame delle farfalle monarca, le "palomitas" che per tradizione incarnano le anime dei cari defunti.



FONTE: http://www.repubblica.it/ambiente/2011/07/18/news/rischi_farfalle-19121198/




Si consiglia, inoltre la visione del seguente PDF

http://www.butterflyarc.it/portal/educational/ita/Il%20giardino%20per%20le%20farfalle%20Ass.%20Amici%20della%20Terra%20Ciao%20Farfalla.pdf

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