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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
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  • The monarch massacre: Nearly a billion butterflies have vanished
    Threatened animals like elephants, porpoises and lions grab all the headlines, but what’s happening to monarch butterflies is nothing short of a massacre. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service summed it up in just one grim statistic on Monday: Since 1990, about 970 million have vanished. Read more on this news related to 'Butterflies'
  • Attract butterflies to the garden and keep them there
    Ever wonder what attracts pollinators and butterflies to certain patches of “real estate?” Learn to attract these beautiful and beneficial creatures to the garden and home and how to keep them around by attending a class with the Fayette Extension staff. A free class on “Butterflies and Pollinators in Your Gardens” is set for Tuesday, April 21, at 10 a.m. Read more on this news related to 'Butterflies'

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