Are Butterflies Dangerous for Humans
Butterflies are beautiful creatures that can make your gardens look healthy and colorful. Kids love to chase butterflies in the garden and play with them when caught. However, are these butterflies any danger to the human beings? While they pose no real threat to the people, however, they are insects and can cause general irritation when they release the hairs as part of their defense mechanism.
Some butterflies have hair that is capable of causing a rash when they come in contact with human skin. These types of butterflies are mostly found in the Guyana or Central African Republic region. Some butterfly species are known to cause skin lesions or conjunctivitis too. This rash is not life threatening but it will definitely be unpleasant and a painful experience.
There are also butterflies like Monarch and Pipevine Swallowtail that eat poisonous plants when they are caterpillars and grow up to become poisonous butterflies. While the predatory birds know not to eat them, they are of no danger to the human beings as they do not have the parts that can cause the sting. However, they do feed on the poisonous milkweed plant so they are poisonous and must not be eaten, not even accidentally.
Monarch butterflies are one of the majestic looking variations of the butterflies. However, they are also poisonous so look out for these when your kids are playing in the garden and accidentally catches one. Although the butterflies are completely harmless in general, one should still avoid close contact to be on the safe side.
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