(a species of owlet moth (Noctuid)) Some caterpillars, after they emerge from their egg, can increase their weight by 25,000 times.

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Natural History Museum Butterflies book

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Leading butterfly expert, or lepidopterist, Dick Vane-Wright explores what it means to be a butterfly with examples from around the world. From how the yellow birdwing finds a mate, to why the African gaudy commodores produce adults of different colours.

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Natural History Museum Butterflies book

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Butterflies starts with the familiar life cycle from egg to adult, mating and egg-laying.

Less familiar aspects of the butterfly life are explored such as how they care for their eggs, the surprising things that some caterpillars eat, what happens inside the chrysalis and why there are so many variations in adult wing patters and colour.

These and many more questions are raised in this examination of the beautiful creatures, which concludes by considering the threats and opportunities that now face them.

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