What is butterfly?

  • (noun): Diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings.
    See also — Additional definitions below


A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, which includes 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. The earliest known butterfly fossils date to the mid Eocene epoch, between 40–50 million years ago.

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Butterfly - In Culture - Technological Inspiration
... The discoloration and health of butterflies in butterfly farms, is now being studied for use as indicators of air quality in several cities ...
Elusive Butterfly
... "Elusive Butterfly" is a popular song written by Bob Lind released in 1966, which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 ... In Australia Lind's "Elusive Butterfly" spent three weeks at #2 ... WQAM and this kickstarted the success of "Elusive Butterfly." "Cheryl's Goin' Home" was subsequently a minor British hit for UK pop singer Adam Faith in October 1966 ...
Elaine Breeden
... Breeden qualified to compete in the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly events at the 2008 Summer Olympics by placing second and first, respectively, in those ... Olympics in Beijing, China, she advanced to the semifinals of the women's 100-meter butterfly, and finished seventh in the final of the women's 200-meter ... swimmer, she was a three-time NCAA national champion in the 200-yard butterfly (2007, 2009, 2010), as well as the NCAA champion in the 100-yard butterfly (2010) ...
Eduardo Piccinini
17, 1968 in Manaus) is a former international butterfly swimmer from Brazil ... he earned a bronze medal in the 100 meters butterfly. 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Piccinini finished 18th in the 100 butterfly, and 15th in the 200 butterfly ...
Emilia Pikkarainen
... She reached the 100 m butterfly and swam 102.31 where she finished 46th ... She owns Finnish records in 50-meter butterfly (26,90), 100-meter butterfly (59,02), 200-meter butterfly (2.10,89) and 200-meter individual medley (2.14,23) ...

More definitions of "butterfly":

  • (verb): Flutter like a butterfly.
  • (noun): A swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down.
    Synonyms: butterfly stroke
  • (verb): Cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking.
    Example: "Butterflied shrimp"