Earlier this summer, various groups around the country took part in the Fourth of July Butterfly Count, coordinated by the North American Butterfly Association. The object was to count all of the species of butterflies they saw within a specified area and to tally the number of individuals in an effort to learn more about these wonderful insects. How much do you know about butterflies?

1. Butterflies and moths belong to the order Lepidoptera. What differentiates members of the Lepidoptera order from other insects?

A. Iridescent coloring
B. Scales on wings
C. Metamorphosis
D.Nectar drinkers

2. Name the four life stages of the butterfly.

3. The lifespan of an adult butterfly is rather short. Some live for only a few days; many for a few weeks. The longest-lived butterfly in the watershed is the Mourning Cloak. How long does this winged wonder live?

A. Six to eight months
B. Ten to eleven months
C. Thirteen to fifteen months
D. Sixteen to eighteen months

4. Although butterflies and moths are similar, they differ in a few body characteristics or habits. Which are generally true of butterflies, and which are generally true of moths?

5. Butterflies are divided into two families: true butterflies and skippers. What skipper attributes differ from those of true butterflies?

A. Stocky bodies with long antennae
B. Stocky bodies with triangular wings
C. Narrow bodies with short wings
D. White or green wings with long antennae


1. B 2. Egg, Larva (Caterpillar), Pupa (Chrysalis), Adult (Butterfly) 3. B 4. Butterflies: A,D,E,G Moths: B,C,F,H 5. B