Protect the Gentle Apollo Butterfly

End the Silent Cry for Peace

Why? Just why?

People wonder why the Apollo butterfly is endangered even though there are laws that protect it. The answer is simple, human construction. The pollution and creation of buildings are pushing the Apollo butterfly out of its comfort zone. The Apollo Butterfly is heavily protected in Lichtenstein, Turkey, Poland, and Czech Republic, but it still isn't enough.

Aren't all butterflies the same?

No they're not. The Apollo Butterfly is much more unique than your average butterfly. With visible veins running through their creamy white wings, each wing about 6 cm long, decorated with red and black spots the Apollo Butterfly is one of nature's most beautiful insects. These harmless herbivores feed on the nectar of the Sheep's Bit flower and many other flowers. Most of its food source comes from Europe which is why it lives there. They live in rocky, mountainous terrains, such as the Pyrenees.

Love Bugs

The Apollo Butterfly mating seasons are in July and August. Females can lay up to one hundred eggs at once. They communicate with sound, chemicals, and behavior like other butterflies, and this is also most likely how they find mates. After copulation the male Apollo will seal the female's reproductive parts to prevent mating with other males and to assure fertilization. Doesn't that just make you "smile."

Survival

The Apollo Butterfly survives mostly from adaptation. It has adapted to survive a harsh climate and high altitude. They also have adapted to not have exposed pupae like other butterflies, and instead are covered with a loose silk. The Apollo Butterfly truly is a unique animal. Of course they also have the normal butterfly proboscis and nimble legs for landing.

What You Can Do

Please donate to the Endangered Animal Foundation to help the Apollo Butterfly and many other species as well. Why hurt the harmless?

Bibliography

I would like to thank the following for providing great information.

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