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If rideable-sized butterflies/moths were possible, how might environmental factors (e.g. climate, temperature, altitude) affect them? If the square-cube ratio issue could be overcome, and it could find enough to eat, where and how would this creature live?
I'm envisaging this giant butterfly creature to be pretty rare - so there aren't hordes of tank-sized caterpillars roaming the countryside - and ideally originating in a fairly remote, mountainous region. It would also need the ability to survive at other altitudes/in other climates. As a rideable creature, it would also have to be capable of carrying one adult male (plus light baggage), maybe two adults at a pinch.
ENVIRONMENT - How would it react to different climates/temperatures, beyond its natural mountain habitat? (Maybe a lower altitude would give greater oxygen, and be helpful? But a humid coastal environment could cause problems for wings??)
LIFESTYLE - How would it sleep/rest? (I actually don't know if butterflies/moths can fold their wings up to make them take up less room, or if their wings have no more flexibility than simply flapping to make them fly!)
If you've got any ideas for any of these questions, or any issues that I haven't thought of, that would be great!