Butterfly Wing

Butterflies belong to the order lepidoptera, which includes both butterflies and moths. Butterflies have "complete" metamorphosis meaning they have a 4 stage life cycle, egg-larva-pupa-adult. Like bees, some butterfly species are important pollenators. Contrary to the popular "folk" etymology, the word butterfly comes from the Old English buttorfleoge which is "butter" plus "fly". This was originally the name of a midsize species, common in England during the middle ages, that had yellow wings.

As is often the case with moths, the larvae, caterpillers, of some species are actually better known to most people than the adults. Though the extreme examples of butterflies and moths can easily be distinguished (monarchs vs isabella moths, for example), there are many "in between" species which can't readily be classified as one or the other. Most professional and serious amateur entymologists don't bother making the distinction.

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