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Butterflies - Reproduction

mate pheromones male courtship

Reproduction in butterflies begins with courtship, during which the male vigorously flaps its wings, releasing a dust of microscopic scales carrying pheromones above the female's antennae. These male pheromones act as a sexual stimulant to the female. Some males release additional pheromones from "hair pencils" under the abdomen. Female butterflies that are ready to mate dispense with courtship. Some species, however, perform complicated courtship maneuvers, probably to find a mate strong enough to endure the rigorous rituals, thereby A monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) in Livonia, Michigan. The larvae of this butterfly feed on the leaves of the milkweed, ingesting substances that make them toxic to birds and other predators. Photograph by Robert J. Huffman. Field Mark Publications. Reproduced by permission. by increasing the chance of producing healthy offspring. Males usually must wait one or two days after emerging from the chrysalis before they can mate, but then they may mate many times. Females can mate immediately after emerging, some species mating several times. However, it is the last male to mate that fertilizes the eggs. Females of some species mate once only.


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over 5 years ago

I have a science paper due soon. It is a poem I need to write about a life cycle of a butterfly. Do they reproduce with mates or by themselves?

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over 5 years ago

yes butterflies lay eggs, outside the body of course. butterfly eggs are abadoned.

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over 6 years ago

when do saturn butterflies mate

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almost 4 years ago

I saw a Monarch adult carring another Monarch around by its wings. This took place for sometime.Is this a mating ritual?

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about 7 years ago

Do butterflies lay eggs?

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about 6 years ago

when do peacock butterflies mate

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over 6 years ago

the eggs las inside or outside the body

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over 1 year ago

is this how the butterflies produce in sexual reproduction?

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over 2 years ago

.... i like bug sex

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2 months ago

sup

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