Solar Powered Butterfly

Cabbage White Butterflies

Cabbage White Butterflies will fly until late in autumn and may begin flight during late winter in Indiana. To fly efficiently, butterflies need to warm their thorax to a minimum temperature, which they do by collecting heat from the sun.

A study in the journal, Nature Science Reports, finds that the cabbage white butterfly wings are excellent reflectors of sunlight.* Detached cabbage white butterfly wings held at a 17 degree angle to a solar power cell increased…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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