I have always loved butterflies. I'm not good at identifying them, but I love their colors and fragile beauty. Actually I like moths, too (except for those who try to eat my Steiffs). Just the other day when I walked to the train station, I saw a pretty big one (big for what I usually see here) sitting on a wall. It probably wondered what a human was doing there at that time, but chose to ignore me in the end.
The last time my sister and I walked through our forest, we saw quite a few butterflies too, but the only one I was sure about was the common brimstone - which we call Zitronenfalter = "lemon butterfly" in German.
Never before did I wonder about where the word butterfly comes from, but when I looked up the English name for the brimstone, I stumbled upon this (from Online Etymology Dictionary):
"... but the name is of obscure signification. Perhaps based on the old
notion that the insects (or, according to Grimm, witches disguised as
butterflies) consume butter or milk that is left uncovered. Or, less
creatively, simply because the pale yellow color of many species' wings
suggests the color of butter. Another theory connects it to the color of
the insect's excrement, based on Dutch cognate boterschijte."
Now I've got some different butterflies from the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge for you. Not much butter to see here, but I hope you will like them, anyway.
1 and 5 Cat's Wire
2 and 4 and 6 MC Stoneworks
3 The Crafty Chimp
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