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Butterflies Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Butterflies Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A butterfly is a usually day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera. They are grouped together in the suborder Rhopalocera. Butterflies are closely related to moths, from which they evolved.

The life of butterflies is closely connected to flowering plants, which their larvae (caterpillars) feed on, and their adults feed and lay their eggs on. They have a long-lasting history of co-evolution with flowering plants. Many of the details of plant anatomy are related to their pollinators, and vice versa. The other notable features of butterflies are their extraordinary range of colours and patterns, and their wings. These are discussed below.

Angiosperms (flowering plants) evolved in the Lower Cretaceous, but did not become common until the Upper Cretaceous. Butterflies were the last major group of insects to appear on the planet.



'Butterflies' example sentence in quotations


* I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. - Charles Dickens

* It's all right to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation. - Dr. Rob Gilbert


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Butterflies Sample Sentences in News


  • Food affected by Fukushima disaster harms animals, even at low-levels of radiation
    Butterflies eating food collected from cities around the Fukushima nuclear meltdown site showed higher rates of death and disease, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology. Read more on this news related to 'Butterflies'
  • Monarch butterfly migration ready to begin although numbers greatly thinned
    When monarch butterflies migrate through North Florida over the next few weeks, wildlife experts will fuss over more than just the insects' beautiful colors. They'll be worried the monarch is disappearing. Read more on this news related to 'Butterflies'
  • One man's planting equals more monarch butterflies
    A little square patch of fuzzy white plants grows along Hanley Road's gravel shoulder, of little consequence to passers-by. Tom Landis planted this patch of milkweed the size of a card table last spring with seeds he collected himself, hoping his if-you-plant-it-they-will-come project could mean regular visits from rare monarch butterflies, perhaps as early as Read more on this news related to 'Butterflies'

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