How many eyes do butterflies have?

Some insects have multiple eyes or eye formations, but butterflies just have two eyes like us humans. But these are very different eyes to the human eye (as you might expect).

Compound eyes are the name of butterfly eyes. Each of the two compound eyes has thousands of lenses. These lenses ensure that butterflies are able to see in multiple directions at once and their field of view is actually larger than humans. These lenses could almost be thought of as separate eyes.

Do butterflies see in color? Given their lifestyle of seeking out flowers, you would expect butterflies to have color vision and they do indeed see in color.

What about those fake eyes on the wings of some butterflies? Of course, these aren’t eyes at all but evolutionary adaptations to help ward off predators like birds.

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