Butterfly II by Sophie Golaz



Title

Butterfly II

Artist

Sophie Golaz

Ref GM420
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 12" x 12" (30 x 30 cm)
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Description  
Butterflies are insects of the order lepidoptera and, thriving in all but the driest and coldest conditions, can be found in almost every country of the world. Culturally, doubtless because of their combination of beauty and frailty, butterflies have also become a popular international motif in the visual arts. Butterflies are noted for their unusual growth cycle, which makes them a fine subject for study and observation by all age groups. There are four distinct stages and during each stage the butterfly’s appearance changes entirely: from inert egg, to leaf-eating caterpillar, to inactive chrysalis and on through the wonderful process known as metamorphosis to beautiful butterfly. Butterflies feed primarily on nectar from flowers and play an important ecological role as pollinators. They are also attracted to the sodium in salt, which explains why they sometimes land on people, attracted by human sweat. Many butterflies migrate over long distances; the Monarch butterfly for example flies from Mexico to North America, which is a distance of about 3000 miles. Each butterfly species has evolved in many ways in order to adapt to its environment, most obviously through the colouration of its wings, for example to provide camouflage against local plant leaves or a brightly coloured defence against local predators.