- from Butterflies & Moths
Butterflies and moths are the movie stars of the insect world. Most other six-legged creatures seem drab next to these colorful aviators.
They may look fragile, but butterflies and moths are actually pretty tough—and not always harmless. The bright colors of some tell predators: Look out—I’m poisonous! Others fly around in acrobatic ways that keep them clear of hungry jaws and beaks. And as caterpillars, some species eat up valuable food crops or even whole forests.
On the other hand, butterflies and moths bring each spring to life. They pollinate flowers. And they change from homely caterpillars into lovely adults, which makes them symbols of hope and rebirth.