A butterfly sees you through its 12,000 eyes.
Butterflies are one of the most beautiful creatures in the world with more than 15,000 species. One such species of these creatures, the Monarch Butterflies are popularly known for their astounding facts and that they see us through their 12,000 eyes!
The Monarch butterflies are found in America, Canada, Bermuda, Cook Islands, Hawaii, Cuba, The Solomon, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, the Azores, the Canary Islands, Philippines, North Africa Honolulu and other Caribbean Islands.
The Monarchs have two different types of eyes, single and compound. The one pair of simple eyes are single chambered and are primarily designed for determining the brightness of light. They are unable to focus on an individual object. The compound eyes are used for their main eye sight. The mechanism of their eyes is similar to that of the human retinas. These Butterflies are also able to see the ultraviolet light, a light that human beings are unable to see. Moreover, the rate at which the light flickers to form a continuous image, called the flicker-fusion rate, which the butterflies can detect while flying is up to 250 times higher than it is for humans. Our flicker-fusion rate is between 45-53 flickers per second.
Some interesting facts about the Monarchs:
1) The rate at which the light flickers to form a continuous image, called the flicker-fusion rate, for Monarch butterflies to see while flying is up to 250 times higher than it is for humans. Our flicker-fusion rate is between 45-53 flickers per second.
2) A black spot on the hind wing of the male Monarch distinguishes it from the female Monarch.
3) Apart from eyes, Senses of smell support the Monarch butterflies to estimate their environment.
4) A Monarch butterfly can lay a maximum of 250 eggs per day!
5) The Monarch Butterflies store a poison called Cardiac Glycosides. This toxin is used as a poisonous armour against its predators such as lizards, birds and frogs.
These facts have provided a popular recognition to the Monarch Butterflies and it is wonderful, how a little and complex butterfly can have such a beautiful and beyond the future mechanism!
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