Butterflies are the adult flying stage of certain insects. These belong to an order or group called Lepidoptera. Butterflies are brightly coloured flying insects. Colours in their wings are made by tiny overlapping scales which refract and reflect light. Like all other insects, butterflies have six legs. Most adult butterflies will live only a week or two.
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Butterflies of United Kingdom.
Images taken in The Malvern Hills AONB.
Butterflies can only fly if their body temperature is above 86 degrees.