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Butterflies belong to the insect order Lepidoptera, which is derived from a Greek word meaning "scale wing." The kaleidoscope of colours and patterns found on a butterfly's wing are created by tiny scales. Butterflies range in size from a minute 3mm to almost 300mm with about 24,000 species worldwide. The mouth of an adult butterfly is a long tube, which is kept rolled up ready for use as a straw to obtain nectar as a food source. Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow. The transformation of the strange looking caterpillar into an elegant butterfly is one of nature's marvels. There are four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Depending on the species, the life cycle of one generation takes anything from about one month to a year. Most adult butterflies only live for a week or two.

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