National Learn About Butterflies Day

National Learn About Butterflies Day is a holiday that encourages everyone to take the time to learn more about the beautiful winged creatures that pass by us during the spring and summer months. Butterflies are not only important for the beauty that they bring to the world, but they’re also important because they are pollinators that help our farmers bring fruits and vegetables to our tables. That’s why it’s important for all of us to learn about these creatures not only on March 14th but every other day of the year as well.

Interesting Facts About Butterflies

Want to learn some interesting facts about butterflies right here and right now? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered up as many butterfly facts as we could so that we could share them with everyone interested in celebrating this holiday.

  • Butterflies can see the colors green, yellow, and red quite well.
  • They range in size from 1/8th of an inch all the way up to 12-inches.
  • The top measured speed of a butterfly is approximately 12-miles per hour.
  • Monarch butterflies can travel over 2,000-miles and do during their journey from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Of Mexico every year.
  • If a butterflies body temperature is under 86-degrees, then it cannot fly.
  • Often, butterflies will warm themselves in the sun so that they’re able to fly.
  • Humans have been making art featuring butterflies for over 3,500-years.
  • The caterpillars of some Snout Moths live in or on water plants.
  • There are more than 20,000 different butterfly types living all over the world.
  • Butterfly wings are transparent. It’s the way that they catch the light that makes them appear to be of different colors and designs.
  • Butterflies can taste with their feet. They use this ability to taste the flowers they land on.
  • The average lifespan of a butterfly is approximately 3-4 weeks.
  • Some butterflies only have a lifespan of 10-days.
  • One of the largest butterflies in the world is the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly.
  • Butterflies have a total of four wings, not two.
  • Butterflies have six jointed legs and three body parts.
  • A variety of different butterflies besides Monarch butterflies migrate.
  • Other butterflies that migrate include Red Admiral, American Lady, Clouded Skipper, and Mourning Cloak butterflies.
  • The smallest butterfly in the world is the Western Blue Pygmy. It’s only 2 centimeters across.

Observing National Learn About Butterflies Day

National Learn About Butterflies Day can be observed by taking a few moments of your day on the 14th of March and learning all you can about these remarkable creatures. This can be done by watching one of the many documentaries on butterflies or by reading a butterfly book. While you’re observing this holiday, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalLearnAboutButterfliesDay to spread the word about it on the Internet. Let’s all work together to learn about butterflies so that we can all become good stewards of them and make sure that we can help them continue to survive into the future.

When is it?
This year (2023)
March 14 Tuesday
Next year (2024)
March 14 Thursday
Last year (2022)
March 14 Monday