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Where Do Butterflies Live?

Some butterflies do live in butterfly houses, and we’ll get to that in a moment, but generally speaking it seems like a deceptively difficult question. After all, butterflies are so delicate … It’s hard to imagine a butterfly in bad weather – flitting about in a rainstorm, or trying to land on a flower petal on a windy day. Come to think of it, now we’re wondering if butterflies even <em>sleep</em>. <strong>Butterflies in the Wild</strong> Butterflies that aren’t lucky enough to have a house get pretty creative when it comes to finding shelter. They hang out on the undersides of leaves, in the grass, in deep crevices among rocks and just about anywhere else that might provide a buffer against wind and rain. Sadly, though, even in the best of times a butterfly’s life is as fleeting as its fragile form of flight. Butterflies that make it to the one-month mark are considered senior citizens. <strong>Butterfly Houses  </strong> The North American Butterfly Association (yep, kinda awesome) reports that most people in the U.S. will be within potential sight of roughly 100 different species of butterflies when they’re “in season.” The general assumption is that butterfly houses will expose you to more of these species as they come from near and far to check out the new digs, but the truth is that only a few kinds of butterflies are attracted to the prospect of high-end living. <strong>Butterfly Sleep</strong> And, maybe that’s okay, because – you guessed it – butterflies don’t sleep! Scientists call this a state of <em>quiescence</em>, but it’s easier to think of it as a timeout. Believe it or not, butterflies are powered by the sun; they have to reach a certain body temperature before they start fluttering around. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> is not surprised to find that, much like for humans, butterfly house popularity is determined by location, location, location.
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