I love butterflies - all kinds, all colors, all sizes - I just love them! They are so gentle and light, never hurt or scare anyone, have tons of variety, are found all over the world, and are just plain fascinating! Anyone who quietly watches them are given a feeling of peace and soothingness.
Their special life cycle is nothing short of amazement, also. Have you ever watched one of these sweet creatures grow? We ordered a special kit one year for the children to watch little baby caterpillars grow with the special food the company sent us. After about a week they began making their little homes in a chrysalis. We watched them with eager anticipation until one by one they broke out a few days later. We grew very attached to them in a short time and were sad to release them soon after, but their memory stays with us years later.
Sciency stuff that is fun to know! ~ Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera. There are absolutely tons of smaller scientific classifications for butterflies. Depending on their size, shapes, colors, types of habitats, and other features, scientists group them together.