A butterfly is one of the most beautiful of all insects. We are charmed by their gorgeous colors and very delicate wings.
You can find butterflies almost anywhere in the world. A butterfly begins it's life as a tiny egg and it hatches into a caterpillar.
The caterpillar sheds and grows a new skin several times. When it reaches it's full size, it forms a protective shell. Inside this shell, an amazing transformation occurs - the caterpillar becomes a lovely butterfly!
The shell breaks open and the butterfly comes out to find a mate and to produce another generation of butterflies. Butterflies mainly feed on the nectar of flowers and don't do any harm. Most adult butterflies live only a week or two, but some species may live up to eighteen months.
The butterfly also plays a part in religious beliefs. The ancient Greeks believed that the soul left the body after death in the form of a butterfly.