If your child is a fan of The Transformers, she or he may be interested to know that butterflies –so peaceful and beautiful – have a very important commonality with the transforming robots. Like Transformers, butterflies have a very unique ability to morph into different forms, which can be key to their survival.

Sometimes butterflies have wing color patterns that resemble those of other butterflies. This is a survival strategy based on mimicry. While some animals change their colors to mimic their surroundings, butterflies can escape danger by resembling other butterflies that are unpalatable or toxic to predators. This way, predators misconceive them for a butterfly species they’d rather leave alone than eat. That’s some pretty smart thinking! Learn more about butterflies in the Zoobooks Animal Directory!