THE FLITTER-TWITCH BUTTERFLY

APPEARANCE - TERRITORY - HABITAT/BEHAVIOUR - DIET - MATING - RESEARCHERS

The Flitter-Twitch Butterfly is a spastic, obnoxious little thing, found throughout the majority of areas in the Santharin kingdom. Despite being very small, these colourful tiny insects still make themselves noticed. They flitter. They twitch. They fly around clumsily at high speeds and hit you in the face.

Appearance. If any insect could possibly be considered cute, it would be the Flitter-Twitch Butterfly. And if any insect could be considered absolutely obnoxious, it would also be the Flitter-Twitch Butterfly. Of course, one would have to find and catch the crazy bug first. However, whether or not someone were to actually manage to get their hands on one, the most noticeable thing about this butterfly is its size. It isn't that it is of any particularly impressive proportions, quite the opposite. It is simply that this insect is so very small. So small, in fact, that one would be hard pressed to actually notice it at all, if it weren't for their spastic nature.

Though, not as tiny as the ceruwing butterfly, the Flitter-Twitch is still quite small with a wing span that can be anywhere between four to seven nailsbreadths. Despite its small size, its strong back supports two sets of thin wings on each side of its short, stubby body. It is assumed that the extra set of wings that this butterfly sports is the reason behind their erratic flight patterns, as well as their speed. One wing usually consists of two parts, the fore wing and the hind wing, which are both usually a fat oval in shape. The insect is most commonly found in different shades of pastel blues with pink and/or green dots speckling the crest of its wings.

The Flitter-Twitch Butterfly

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The only real variance between different populations of this butterfly is the shade of its wings. Should this insect live in the more northern reaches of its territory, the base colours of its wings tend to be red, orange, yellow and all of the shades in between. However, if it were to dwell in the more southern reaches of its territory, then its wings tend to be either purple, blue, green, or any of the shades in between. Yet, in the middle, where the north and south meet, this little bug can be any of a vast selection of hues, ranging across the entire spectrum of colour.

The Flitter-Twitch's head is big compared to the rest of its body and two large eyes, one of each situated on either side. The eyes, to put it simply, are huge. The head, which is actually a thin oval shape, looks round due to the insect's bulbous eyes. Though it has eyes of nearly ridiculous proportions, it could be argued that the insect might as well be blind since it spends so much of its time ramming into things. The eyes are always a glossy light blue colour. Its antennae, which sit directly above its eyes, are usually a mere nailsbreadth in length and are shaped much like thin clubs. Its black proboscis, which extends from just below the butterfly's eyes, curls tightly under its chin.

The insect's body is short and stubby and usually is about three nailsbreadths in length. Its body, no matter the colour of its wings, is always covered with a very fluffy green fur, which varies in shade. Like most butterflies, this one has six legs. Two forelegs and four hind legs. However, it is not unusual to see one that is missing one or more limbs. After all, one can't possibly expect to be constantly ramming into things without some sort of injury to show. The fine hairs that coat the bottom half of this insect's legs are either green or pink depending upon the butterfly's gender, the former belonging to the females and the latter belonging to the males. Though, unlike most butterflies, the males and females are indistinguishable from each other by any other visual means. Return to the top


Territory. This pesky, little annoyance that calls itself a butterfly can be found throughout the majority of Santharia. Though its territory spans from Marcogg to the Celeste Lowlands, the bulk of its kin live between the Heath of Jernais and the Rimmerins Ring. However, they tend to mostly reside out in open areas, such as large fields, because it is simply impossible for them to live for too long within forests due to their bad habit of smashing headfirst into objects larger than themselves.
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Habitat/Behaviour. The Flitter-Twitch Butterfly retains the ability to thrive in almost any kind of environment. However, the less trees and other formations large enough for it to recklessly crash into, which could be pretty much anything the size of a child's fist or larger, the better. This insect's tendency to fly about as fast as possible with no regard for objects much larger and much sturdier than itself often leads to injury, and sometimes death. Despite its odd, even suicidal habits, the butterfly thrives throughout a large portion of Southern Sarvonia.

Much like its name suggests, this butterfly simply cannot sit still. When it is not taking to recklessly flying about, it is dining on a particularly bright flower while twitching in place. Seemingly packed full of nothing but energy and unable to sit still, the insect will sometimes even pause what it is doing to flitter about the flower for a moment before landing and resuming its dinner.

Other than that it is undoubtedly obnoxious beyond reason especially when one is attempting to cross through an area that this little critter has decided to congregate in, because nobody likes being bowled into by a butterfly. Not too much is understood about its nature. Mostly, this bug is just viewed as an annoyance rather than something pretty and sweet, as most butterflies are thought to be. It has been noticed, though, that this insect does prefer to fly about in very small 'swarms', which generally tend to be fifteen to sixty butterflies in size.
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Diet. The Flitter-Twitch dines on a multitude of wild flowers, which bloom throughout the territory that they inhabit. As a caterpillar, it will eat any leaf of any plant that it happens to be laid upon. Though, as a butterfly, it tends to somewhat prefer flowers that are brightly coloured. Amongst the many varieties of flora that this little insect delights in calling lunch are plants such as the dalferia flower, the Dreamer's breath flower, and Erissa's tears.
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Mating. This butterfly's life begins and ends during the spring. It does not require any type of traits or show to be met for the mating to begin. Instead, it simply goes on doing what it has been doing for the entirety of its adult life, crashing into things. Though, of course, instead of crashing into objects, such as trees or people, they aim to crash into each other. Despite that this sort of thing happens all of the time, it can only end with a mate being chosen come springtime. Once the female butterfly has mated with a male, both parents will die shortly thereafter.

Before dying, of course, the female will find the closest green, leafy plant upon which to lay her eggs. On average, the female butterfly will lay anywhere between eight to ten eggs at a time. The egg is usually an oblong shape and seems white at first, but is actually a very light shade of blue. Generally it takes two weeks for the egg to hatch and the larvae to emerge. This larvae is a peculiar looking critter. Impossibly small with its oversized eyes, it begins its life no more than one nailsbreadth in length. However, it looks like nothing more than a moving lint ball, as they are completely covered with fuzzy green fur. Through the course of the next three weeks, the caterpillar grows two more nailsbreadths in length and becomes very fat with food.

When the time comes for it to cocoon itself, it simply stops wherever it happens to be and does so on the spot. Another two weeks of gestation in its cocoon turn this cute little caterpillar into a cute, though horribly obnoxious tiny butterfly. After it breaks free of its cocoon, it then finds a place to hang upside down in order to allow its wings to dry and inflate. Because this butterfly is so very small, inflation usually only takes up to a quarter of an hour. However, the insect still requires another half an hour for them to dry completely. Once both of these tasks are complete, it clumsily flies away to repeat the entire cycle again.
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Researchers. All of what is known about the Flitter-Twitch Butterfly is credited to Leifloff Sjugnarr. Over several months were spent travelling and studying this tiny insect, though there are possibly quite a few things still left to be known about it. One of his discoveries concerning this bug has to do with its gender and how to differentiate between them. Via a series of tests and very close observation, he had noticed that only the butterfly with green fur coating its legs laid eggs. Return to the top

 Date of last edit 13th Fallen Leaf 1668 a.S.

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