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Old 27 May 2014, 03:56 AM
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Tsk, Tsk Don't touch butterflies

Comment: Touching a butterfly's wings will rub off/destroy dust on the
wings it needs to fly, thus forever stopping it from flying.
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Old 27 May 2014, 05:40 AM
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Yes, if you do it enough, I guess.
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Old 27 May 2014, 06:32 AM
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Butterflies are fragile, but not quite that fragile. If they were, then normal activities like feeding and mating would kill them.
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Old 27 May 2014, 09:48 AM
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Butterfly houses in zoos would then be lepidoptera killing fields.

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Old 27 May 2014, 02:05 PM
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Dropbear, that would be a great name for a novel: "The Lepidoptera Killing Fields".

Maybe not a GREAT novel, though.
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Old 27 May 2014, 02:31 PM
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Butterfly houses in zoos would then be lepidoptera killing fields.
Why? Do zookeepers commonly touch the butterflies who live in those houses?
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Old 27 May 2014, 02:35 PM
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I assumed dropbear was talking about walk-through butterfly attractions that are open to visitors. IME, some visitors do touch the butterflies (and some butterflies land on the visitors).
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Old 27 May 2014, 04:13 PM
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Touching butterflies does remove some of the scales on their wings. It will not kill them, but could lead to a shortened lifespan. Grabbing butterflies can lead to wing damage.

It will also lead to butterflies that are not as pretty to look at.

Most butterfly gardens do not allow guests to touch or grab the butterflies. There are no issues with a butterfly landing on a guest, but handling the butterfly is normally prohibited. Keepers handle butterflies only as a last resort and with minimal contact.
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Old 27 May 2014, 04:23 PM
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Most attendees follow the rules (I once saw a woman stand stock still for 10 minutes because a butterfly had landed on her and appeared to be sleeping, or resting).
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Old 27 May 2014, 05:18 PM
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You can slide your finger under their legs, and they'll either fly away or walk onto your finger, and then you can safely set them down on a nearby plant. (I've been to a lot of butterfly houses.)
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Old 27 May 2014, 05:22 PM
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I think she knew that, she just didn't want to. :-)
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Old 27 May 2014, 09:04 PM
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I assumed dropbear was talking about walk-through butterfly attractions that are open to visitors. IME, some visitors do touch the butterflies (and some butterflies land on the visitors).
Yep. Hold your hand out and they land. You sometimes need to gently scoop them out of long hair.

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Old 28 May 2014, 01:17 AM
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Touching them, my foot! When I was eleven or twelve, I got one of them in my mouth (I yawned while riding my bike) and fell on my face on the hard pavement. It was a Monarch and it tasted foul. I had to catch the wretched bug between two fingers and haul it by main force from forth my gullet. It was still flapping, clawing, struggling, and snarling, and my breakfast followed close on its heels. Butterflies rank between horses and squirrels in my book, buckos.
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Old 28 May 2014, 01:43 AM
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Brad, my friend, no offense, but did you ever think it might be you, and not the various forms of fauna?
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Old 28 May 2014, 01:54 AM
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I don't know Brad personally but I seriously doubt he's flown down someone's throat, Lanie. (The thing with the squirrel, who knows?)
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Old 28 May 2014, 02:01 AM
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I don't mean to blame the victim, but I'm seeing a pattern here. . .
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Old 28 May 2014, 02:03 AM
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We are hearing only one side of these stories so, yeah, you may have a point there.
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Old 28 May 2014, 02:57 AM
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Touching them, my foot! When I was eleven or twelve, I got one of them in my mouth (I yawned while riding my bike) and fell on my face on the hard pavement. It was a Monarch and it tasted foul. I had to catch the wretched bug between two fingers and haul it by main force from forth my gullet. It was still flapping, clawing, struggling, and snarling, and my breakfast followed close on its heels. Butterflies rank between horses and squirrels in my book, buckos.
Are you sure it was a monarch, and not a viceroy instead. A monarch tastes like glycosides, but a viceroy tastes like salicylates

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Old 28 May 2014, 03:06 AM
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Are you sure it was a monarch, and not a viceroy instead. A monarch tastes like glycosides, but a tastes like salicylates
Monarch, definitely. Distinct glycosidish smack about it, nothing of the insouciance of the salicylate savor of the piquant viceroy. Besides, it was springtime and it had just migrated from Mexico. I could taste the chorizo.
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Old 28 May 2014, 03:10 AM
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I don't mean to blame the victim, but I'm seeing a pattern here. . .
Brad from Georgia swallows fauna? Now that's just mean.
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