I have never seen Mariposa in a long time and just recently our Guyabano tree at home became a haven for three Mariposas. My father wanted to capture it so they could preserve it besides it would die anyway. It is said that Mariposa’s life span would normally last for a couple of days only.
But my idea was different; I wanted to spare the poor Mariposa its life. So I decided to research and look for it in the internet. Then, I found myself asking, what is mariposa, is it a butterfly or a moth? And here is what I’ve got.
Although butterflies and moths are very similar, they have many differences. Most butterflies fly during the day, and most moths fly during the night. The best way to identify a butterfly from a moth is to look at its antenna. A butterfly’s antennas have knobs at the ends of their feelers, and the end of the moth’s antenna is either feather like or plain. Most butterflies rest with their wings held up above their bodies and most moths rest with their wings spread out flat. Typically butterflies have brightly colored wings and moths have dull colored wings. Most butterflies have slender, hairless bodies, while most moths have a fat abdomen and furry bodies. Butterflies form a chrysalis during the pupa stage of their lives. In moths, the chrysalis is normally contained inside a cocoon. Most moths have tiny hook or bristle hooking the forewings and hind wings together. Butterflies do not have this hook. Moths have existed about 100 million years longer than butterflies. So although butterflies and moths appear very much alike, there are quite a number of differences. (Taken from http://library.thinkquest.org/J002124/moths.htm)
After minutes of reading and looking for answers, I’ve got this answer, the life span of butterflies or moth depends on the specie it belongs to. Some live for a couple of months and the longest is 3 ½ years.
I just hope that regardless if Mariposas live a short or long span of time, people would know how to respect its life. I don’t believe that we have the right to capture them because they’d die anyway. I just find it a very selfish and shallow reason. Aside from that, they play a big part in our ecosystem. So please if you know someone who still believes in this wrong mentality share this to them, let their eyes see that every living thing has the right to its life. Let’s don’t break the balance of nature. Let us play our role and let them play their part.
Here’s the Mariposa in our Guyabano tree