Butterflies are known for their metamorphosis that transforms them from ground-hugging caterpillars into beautiful winged creatures that flit and fleet. This transformation takes place in a cocoon, the sights of which belie the alluring large wings that will emerge. Butterflies are from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. The earliest known butterfly fossil dates back to the mid-Eocene epoch and have evolved into tens of thousands of species all over the world.
In art and literature, butterflies have long symbolized death and rebirth and also a metamorphosis. A common term in English to describe a state of nervousness is "butterflies in my stomach". Do you get butterflies in your stomach while browsing through our gallery?