Monarch Butterfly and Water

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Monarch Butterfly Under Water
What effect does water have on a butterfly? They live through major storms - how? Their scales repel water. They breathe through spiracles. Surface tension keeps water from entering their spiracles and trachea. See spiracles, trachea, and butterflies under water in this video. Many people report seeing Monarch and other species of butterflies lying on top of water before flying into the air again.