Good day, all! It's Thursday today and that means it's blog day for us! If you've not met me before, I am Sasha the tooth-fairy, AKA Rose's Little Helper. Today's blog is inspired by Rose's beautiful book 'The Simple Things Around Me.'
The Simple Things Around Me is the first book in Rose's series, 'Life With Imani in Kenya'. In the story we walk with Imani and her mother to the village market. Along the way Imani notices life’s somewhat hidden happenings, and wonders how it would feel to be each of the phenomena she sees. Soon she realizes that these phenomena are very similar to the care her mother gives, that her love is as powerful yet as simple. And so she decides - if there’s one thing she really wants to be, it’s her mother; sharing love each day as easily as the simplest things go about theirs.
One of the wonders she comes across on her walk with her mother is a Monarch Butterfly. And so, today we're going to share with you a few fun facts about Butterflies!
Fun facts about Butterflies:
1 ~ Although many butterflies are small in comparison to flying animals like birds and bats, they can grow as large as twelve inches.
2 ~ Butterflies can’t see all the colors of the rainbow like we do. They can only see red, green and yellow. However, because they have as many as six-thousand lenses in their eyes, they can also see ultra-violet light.
3 ~ Some butterflies can fly as fast as twelve miles per hour.
4 ~ Butterflies live on all continents of the world except Antarctica. That’s because it’s simply too cold for them there.
5 ~ While it looks like butterflies only have two wings, one left and one right, they actually have four. They use their wings for flying and steering simultaneously.
6 ~ There are between fifteen and twenty thousand different types of butterflies on planet Earth.
7 ~ Monarch butterflies are very strong. They can fly as far as four-thousand kilometers and will do so to lay their eggs in the perfect environment.
8 ~ A large swarm of butterflies is known as a ‘flutter’.
9 ~ Butterfly wings are not colorful! In fact, their wings are made up of tiny hairs known as ‘scales’ arranged in specific ways to reflect certain colors in light. These scales are like dust to the touch.
10 ~ Butterflies don’t only get their food from flowers and plants; they also drink from mud puddles where they can absorb vital salts and minerals from the soil.
Well, we hope we have made your day a little more beautiful, a little brighter, the way butterflies do. We truly do live on an amazing planet, with so many different kingdoms to explore. If you have any photos or stories about butterflies to share with us, we'd be really happy to receive them. You can drop me a line via my page on Rose's website, or you can post your story or photos on Rose's Facebook and Twitter pages.
Until next week, don't forget the simple things around you!
The Simple Things Around Me