For instance, did you know butterflies taste with their feet? Unlike humans, whose taste buds are on their tongues, butterfly taste buds are on their legs, which enables them to taste the plants they stand on. Also, not only will they use their taste buds to figure out what is food and what isn’t, but these sensors will let them know whether or not they are on a suitable leaf to lay their eggs. Who knew being able to taste with your feet could be so important!
Also, when most of us think of butterflies, we tend to picture these graceful and beautifully colored insects. However, those wonderful colors and patterns we are seeing are not actually there. Butterfly wings are clear! The colors we see come from light reflecting off their scaly wings. And they aren’t necessarily fluttering around all lazily neither. While most butterflies only reach speeds between 5 and 12 miles per hour, there are some butterflies that can move faster than a running horse! These fast butterflies are known as skippers and can fly up to 30 mph or faster!
So yes, heading back to kindergarten might not seem like a big deal because as adults we assume we learned everything there was to learn during that time. However, don’t be surprised when you do learn something new, like where butterfly taste buds are or how fast different species can fly. It is never too late to get in touch with that inner student and expand your knowledge!