National Geographic

A Caligo butterfly from the family Nymphalidae, transitions (wait for it) from the beautiful top side to the underside which acts as a camouflage for the insect. Butterflies and moths appear to be very delicate creatures, and yet they turn out to be much tougher — both in terms of their anatomy and survival skills — than previously imagined.

What is the evolutionary connection between the moth and the butterfly? Unlike dinosaurs, moths and butterflies do not have bones that can fossilize and preserve. Their many wing scales, however, are made of chitin, which is the primary component of hard natural materials like crustacean exoskeletons and cephalopod beaks.

The Late Triassic scales come from insects in the order Lepidoptera, which is the second largest order in the class Insecta and includes butterflies & moths, However, these butterflies evolved from moth-like ancestors.

About 70 sturdy of scales from their wings have been identified in a drilled core from northern Germany. The ancestors of today's moths and butterflies, therefore, date to at least the latter part of the Late Triassic (251–199 million years BCE). The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, extend the origin of these insects by 5 million years since the previously related fossil record-holders — from the United Kingdom — date to 195 million years ago. There is little doubt that dinosaurs and other iconic animals from the time saw the insects fluttering around them, just as many of us do today.

Thanks @davesweeneyphoto & @lookandseen
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@heshelmaniii

Interesting transformation

@5.6_._7.8

@ayaalbakry my beautiful, what happened to you

@frankzlm

☺️

@worldpeace_777

🐦🌱💖🌹👍✌

@capt.jack.t

@gardenpogo here is a butterfly.

@chatibruji

N8GrVjgr7QH5YuTmGsY 7

@holysmokescrafts

It morphed into an owl

@canals.manuel

Dommage de mourir épinglé

@vdollvb31

I have a butterfly on my page( 2nd pic on the top) but I don't know what it's called? Maybe all of u can help👍💙 Truly Veronica

@chettaart

Thank you Mother Nature!!!

@noeojellav

@gaby.bels Wow parece que tiene ojos 👀

@midnight69hot

👍👍👍👍👍

@techhq

Nice stuff!

@insidewid

Shi 💕 , pronto lo haremos 💕🙈

@dayis1874

❤️🦋

@sasss3673

beatifull picture from nature

@yamirsilva603

Beautiful, I Love Butterfly.👏🦋🦋🌈

@franpostiglioni

@fernandoluvizotti minha fascinação por borboletas

@gabyespv

@insidewid vale!!! :D me parece súper bien <3

@marbelopez72

Que belleza 😘

@ibeck_r

Gorgeous!!!

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