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Butterflies Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Butterfly \But"ter*fly`\, n.; pl. Butterflies. [Perh. from the color of a yellow species. AS. buter-fl[=e]ge, buttor-fle['o]ge; cf. G. butterfliege, D. botervlieg. See Butter, and Fly.] (Zo["o]l.) A general name for the numerous species of diurnal Lepidoptera. Note: [See Illust. under Aphrodite.] Asclepias butterfly. See under Asclepias. Butterfly fish (Zo["o]l.), the ocellated blenny (Blennius ocellaris) of Europe. See Blenny. The term is also applied to the flying gurnard. Butterfly shell (Zo["o]l.), a shell of the genus Voluta. Butterfly valve (Mech.), a kind of double clack valve, consisting of two semicircular clappers or wings hinged to a cross rib in the pump bucket. When open it somewhat resembles a butterfly in shape.
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A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, the butterflies and moths. Like other holometabolous insects, the butterfly's life cycle consists of four parts, egg, larva, pupa and adult. Most species are diurnal. Butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. Butterflies comprise the true butterflies (superfamily Papilionoidea), the skippers (superfamily Hesperioidea) and the moth-butterflies (superfamily Hedyloidea). All the many other families within the Lepidoptera are referred to as moths.

Butterflies exhibit polymorphism, mimicry and aposematism. Some, like the Monarch, will migrate over long distances. Some butterflies have evolved symbiotic and parasitic relationships with social insects such as ants. Some species are pests because in their larval stages they can damage domestic crops or trees; however, some species are agents of pollination of some plants, and caterpillars of a few butterflies (e.g., Harvesters) eat harmful insects. Culturally, butterflies are a popular motif in the visual and literary arts.

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* 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 and a taste of spring: Farfalle with peas, bacon, and sage butter
    Farfalle means butterflies in Italian. As a pasta tossed with peas, bacon, butter, sage, lemon juice, zest, and Parmesan it means delicious.  Read more on this news related to 'Butterflies'
  • Winged Victory: How an Endangered Butterfly Outsmarted Climate Change
    Butterflies are some of the species most sensitive to climate change, reacting faster to a fluctuating environment than birds. The Quino Checkerspot is a medium-size endangered butterfly once found in abundance in California and Mexico but now experiencing a dramatic population collapse thanks to agricultural and urban development along with climate change. The r Read more on this news related to 'Butterflies'
  • Watch These Amazing Flip Books of Birds and Butterflies
    Colorful hummingbirds and butterflies flit across the page in constant motion, like an Audubon guide come to life Read more on this news related to 'Butterflies'

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