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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


  • Butterflies can be tagged?
    You may have heard of tagging cows, sheep, and other animals to keep up with their movements and count. Have you ever heard of butterflies being tagged? Read more on this news related to 'Butterflies'
  • Photos: Beautiful Butterflies Are Back At The American Museum Of Natural History
      Tomorrow, the American Museum of Natural History opens up its wondrous Butterfly Conservatory again. Even though the conservatory will be up for many months (its last day is May 25), this is always a real treat for New Yorkers. [ more › ] Read more on this news related to 'Butterflies'
  • Experts expect rebound in monarch butterflies
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Deforestation is down in the Mexican forest that is the winter home of Monarch butterflies, and scientists also hope to see a rebound in the annual migration after it fell to historic lows last year, an expert said Thursday. Read more on this news related to 'Butterflies'

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