What Do Butterflies Do When it Rains?

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When it rains, butterflies seek shelter under tree branches, in a rock crevice or in a wood pile, often hanging from the strong claws on the bottom of their legs. Learn how butterflies will fold their wings down, to prevent getting wet in the rain, with information from an entomologist and insect specialist in this free video on butterflies.

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I'm Mike Quinn. I've been an entomologist for twenty years and we're here at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin Texas talking about, "What do butterflies do when it rains?" Basically, they seek shelter. They'll get in wood piles or under tree branches and they have very strong claws on the bottom of their legs and they'll just hang underneath a branch and that protects them. They'll obviously fold their wings hanging down and then with that branch on top of them, that serves to protect them from the rain. Similar strategy at night... they'll just find a rock crevice or any form of protection is basically where butterflies escape from the rain.

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