How many legs does a butterfly have?
How many legs does a butterfly have? Check it out. (You can select a picture to enlarge it for better inspection.)
Male tiger swallowtail
Female Peck's skipper
These butterflies (well, (technically a skipper is not a true butterfly, but it's still in the order Lepidoptera) clearly have six. Duh, right? They’re insects.
But what about these guys?
Red-spotted purple (southern colormorph of the White Admiral
The first is, of course, a monarch, and the last three are all brushfoots. They seem to have four!
Brushfoots have vestigial forelegs, and monarchs have slightly larger ones, but still small and kept tucked up near their heads.
Cool, huh? And startlingly obvious when you look at them - really look, that is. Yet somehow I managed to make it through more than half a century without noticing...