Submitted by Vinod Kumar

Nov. 20

Answer: Lepidoptera

There are more than 20,000 species of butterflies in the world. About 725 species have occurred in North American north of Mexico, with about 575 of these occurring regularly in the lower 48 states of the United States, and with about 275 species occurring regularly in Canada. Roughly 2000 species are found in Mexico.

An adult butterfly probably has an average life-span of approximately one month.

Source: North American Butterfly Association

*Antarctica is the only continent on which no Lepidoptera have been found.

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