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Butterfly dust

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Galen Sun 20-Jul-14 17:22:07

Can one of you, (probably Bags ) tell me what is the 'dust' that comes off the wings of butterflies and moths?

hildajenniJ Sun 20-Jul-14 17:34:04

Hi Galen the "dust" from butterflies and moths is the tiny scales which their wings are made from. Hope this answers your question. Like Bags I'm into all things nature. My Dad's influence I think.

hildajenniJ Sun 20-Jul-14 17:45:10

I've had a think, more info., The tiny scales that cover butterfly's wings assist with flight, they are slippery and are easilly knocked off. If they lose too many thet can't fly so well.Same goes for moths.sunshine

numberplease Mon 21-Jul-14 00:11:03

That`s why it`s not a good idea to handle them.