A butterfly's wingspan can range from a 1/2 inch to 1 foot in length from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other. The blue pygmy butterfly, which is native to California, is the smallest species, while the Queen Alexandra's birdwing is the largest.

The Monarch butterfly, which is one of the most recognizable species, has a wingspan of 3.7 to 4.1 inches. Most butterflies live a maximum of 40 days, and various species can be found throughout the world except in the inhospitable climate of Antarctica. At the beginning of their lives, butterflies hatch from eggs and begin their metamorphosis into full-grown butterflies.