With their fluttering wings and vibrant colors, butterflies are beautiful to behold. However, with such beautiful creatures come some common misconceptions. One of these is the belief that butterflies sleep at night, which is not true. However, they do rest for various reasons, and may even become more inactive during the day if conditions are bad.
It is very important that butterflies are able to rest during the day and that they are able to do so in a protected environment. This is because they are preyed upon by animals, including birds, reptiles and rodents. It is also important that they are able to conserve energy, digest their food and produce eggs and sperm.
As a result, butterflies may choose to hide in leaf litter, under rock crevices, inside flower petals, or beneath tree bark. It is also not uncommon for butterflies to seek shelter during the day if a thunderstorm is on the way. This is because large drops of rain can knock them out of the air, and if they land on the ground it could lead to injury or death. Butterflies will often take cover in bushes or under leaves as soon as wind and rain begin to build up.
In addition to the above, butterflies may be more inactive during the day if it is cloudy or windy. This is because they will not be able to absorb any heat from the sun and it is difficult for them to fly when their wings are wet.