Hawk moths can beat their wings powerfully enough to hover in the air like hummingbirds. The world’s largest moth is the Attacus Atlas of Southeast Asia – a species within the Saturnidae family – and is just about as large as a set of human hands – they are sometimes misconceived for bats at nighttime and the flapping of their wings is essentially audible to human ears. The rare Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing (Ornithoptera Alexandrae) from Papua New Guinea is the largest butterfly in the world – it sports a wingspan of ten inches.

The scales of butterfly wings are bendable and self-cleaning! Butterfly wing colors commonly modify hue – or even color – when damp. Pigments of the scales on their wings become visible either from chemical…



Source by Auralee Thompson