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  1. What common name is given to the Pieris rapae from its preference to feed off cruciferous vegetables?
  2. Vanessa atalanta is which well known butterfly? It gets its name from the reddish band on its forewing.
  3. Widespread in southern Britain, Polygonia c-album is named after which punctuation mark?
  4. How many wings does a butterfly have?

  5. For what reason is the African giant swallowtail in most record books?
  6. What is the main colour of the monarch butterfly? Its name is believed to have been given in honour of King William III?
  7. Which plant with deep green leaves and trumpet-like flowers is the primary food plant for the larvae of the White Admiral?
  8. Which order of insects includes butterflies and moths?
  9. The name of which butterfly originated from the discovery of two individuals at Coldharbour Lane in Camberwell, London, in 1748?
  10. The pupa of butterflies is also called a what?
  11. The process of changing from a caterpillar to a butterfly is called what?
  12. What's the French word for butterfly?
  13. The most widespread of all butterfly species is commonly called the "painted" what?
  14. The world's largest butterfly species was discovered in 1906 and named in honour of which British Queen?
  15. What name describes distinctive patterning and is referenced in the common names of several species of the butterfly genera Nymphalis and Aglais?
  16. Which popular garden plant is commonly known as the 'butterfly bush' due to its attractiveness to butterflies?


  1. Cabbage White
  2. Red admiral
  3. Comma butterfly
  4. Four wings (a pair of fore wings in the front and two hind wings in the back)
  5. Most poisonous butterfly in the world
  6. Orange (King William III was also known as Prince of Orange)
  7. Honeysuckle
  8. Lepidoptera
  9. Camberwell Beauty
  10. Chrysalis
  11. Metamorphosis
  12. Papillon
  13. Painted Lady
  14. Alexandra (the butterfly is called the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing)
  15. Tortoiseshell
  16. Buddleja