Butterfly Quotes

58 Beautiful Butterfly Quotes Inspiring Appreciation

Metamorphosis in biology is a process where some animals undergo a noticeable change in their body structure and behavior after birth or after they have hatched. Moreover, beetles, bees, scorpions, jellyfish, and many more animals and, most famously, butterflies experience a complete metamorphosis (holometabolism), ultimately changing them into something new. On the other hand, termites, grasshoppers, and other insects have an incomplete one, where they go through fewer stages. 

Humans experience transformations as well though not quite literally. Whether painful or pleasant, we go through different life stages and diverse versions of ourselves. For these reasons and more, the butterfly has become synonymous with the beauty of insect life and transformation, because no matter what obstacles it endures, it will always become a beautiful being.

Read through our curated butterfly quotes to learn what authors, speakers, and personalities have said about these strikingly beautiful creatures.

Related: Read more about the insect world in our compilation of cool bug facts, bug facts, ladybug facts, and our rundown of different types of moths and different types of bees

Best Butterfly Quotes

We have associated butterflies with aspects of hope and transformation for centuries because of their intriguing change from caterpillar to beautiful butterfly and our attraction to their colorful and complicated wing patterns. 

According to a recent study, a butterfly wing's physical intricacies are the work of only two genes. The WntA gene is in charge of the patterns4, while the Optix gene is responsible for pigmentation and iridescence1.
Let's start this collection of butterfly quotes with the colorful symbolism we associate with these enchanting animals.

"Don't be afraid. Change is such a beautiful thing', said the Butterfly." -Sabrina Newby #trvst #quotes #bethechange #changetheworld #butterfly
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"Don't be afraid. Change is such a beautiful thing', said the Butterfly."

- Sabrina Newby

"Don't waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come." -Mario Quintana #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #planetearthfirst #butterfly #garden
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"Don't waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come."

- Mario Quintana

"Butterflies are not called butterflies overnight. They have to undergo tons of changes in order to acquire that name." -Michael Bassey Johnson #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #socialimpact #butterfly
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"Butterflies are not called butterflies overnight. They have to undergo tons of changes in order to acquire that name."

- Michael Bassey Johnson

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." -Muhammad Ali #trvst #quotes #socialchange #changetheworld #butterfly #butterfly
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"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

- Muhammad Ali

"The butterfly is a flying flower. The flower is a tethered butterfly." -Ponce Denis #trvst #quotes #bethechange #ecoconscious #butterfly #flower #butterfly
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"The butterfly is a flying flower. The flower is a tethered butterfly."

- Ponce Denis

"Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine." -Jeffrey Glassberg #trvst #quotes #gogreen #impact #butterfly #life
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"Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine."

- Jeffrey Glassberg

"I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies." -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince #trvst #quotes #takeaction #dogood #butterfly
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"I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies."

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

"Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet still become something beautiful." -Beau Taplin #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #planetearthfirst #butterfly #darkness #butterfly
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"Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet still become something beautiful."

- Beau Taplin

Butterfly Quotes That Will Encourage You During Adversities

Many transformations can prove challenging, and the transition from caterpillar to butterfly is no exception. Do you know how they go through excruciating pain just to become a butterfly? 

The life stage of a butterfly starts from an egg hatching into a caterpillar which feeds and exponentially grows until it molts five to seven times. Therefore, this nutrient-gathering phase supports the next one5. In the chrysalis stage, the caterpillar disintegrates and experiences cell death6. And, floating in the mushy goo, imaginal discs are present, which will transform into the butterfly we know.

Our challenges are part of our life. So when reading the following butterfly quotes, remind yourself that you can overcome your challenges. You can do it

"Like a butterfly stuck in a chrysalis, waiting for the perfect moment, I was waiting for the day I could burst forth and fly away and find my home." -Emme Rollins #trvst #quotes #gogreen #impact #butterfly #butterfly #perfect
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"Like a butterfly stuck in a chrysalis, waiting for the perfect moment, I was waiting for the day I could burst forth and fly away and find my home."

- Emme Rollins

"How does one become a butterfly?' she asked pensively. 'You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.' 'You mean to die?' asked Yellow, remembering the three who fell out of the sky. 'Yes and No,' he answered. 'What looks like you will die, but what's really you will still live.'" -Trina Paulus #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #dogood #butterfly
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"How does one become a butterfly?' she asked pensively. 'You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.' 'You mean to die?' asked Yellow, remembering the three who fell out of the sky. 'Yes and No,' he answered. 'What looks like you will die, but what's really you will still live.'"

- Trina Paulus

"As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people." -Joseph B. Wirthlin #trvst #quotes #gogreen #bethechange #butterfly #people #adversity #butterfly
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"As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people."

- Joseph B. Wirthlin

"When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings." -Dean Jackson #trvst #quotes #socialchange #dogood #butterfly #beauty #butterfly
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"When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings."

- Dean Jackson

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." -R. Buckminster Fuller #trvst #quotes #impact #bethechange #butterfly #butterfly
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"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."

- R. Buckminster Fuller

Inspirational Butterfly Quotes About Transformation And New Beginnings

We associate the image of a fragile butterfly slowly coming out of its chrysalis with new beginnings. When the butterfly is fully-developed, it is ready to emerge out of its now-softened chrysalis. This act is called eclosing or eclosion.

When butterflies emerge from the chrysalis, their wings are damp and soft. So first, they fold their wings against their body. Then they lie down and wait between 30 minutes and two hours for their wings to dry. The transformation is complete!

Like the butterfly seeking nectars from beautiful flowers, embrace your new beginnings after reading the following inspirational butterfly quotes.

"Death consists, indeed, in a repeated process of unrobing, or unsheathing. The immortal part of man shakes off from itself, one after the other, its outer casings, and - as the snake from its skin, the butterfly from its chrysalis - emerges from one after another, passing into a higher state of consciousness." -Annie Besant #trvst #quotes #bethechange #dogood #butterfly #consciousness #butterfly
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"Death consists, indeed, in a repeated process of unrobing, or unsheathing. The immortal part of man shakes off from itself, one after the other, its outer casings, and - as the snake from its skin, the butterfly from its chrysalis - emerges from one after another, passing into a higher state of consciousness."

- Annie Besant

"Metamorphosis has always been the greatest symbol of change for poets and artists. Imagine that you could be a caterpillar one moment and a butterfly the next." -Louie Schwartzberg #trvst #quotes #gogreen #bethechange #butterfly #butterfly
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"Metamorphosis has always been the greatest symbol of change for poets and artists. Imagine that you could be a caterpillar one moment and a butterfly the next."

- Louie Schwartzberg

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly." -Richard Bach #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #takeaction #butterfly #butterfly #world
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"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly."

- Richard Bach

"When a caterpillar bursts from its cocoon and discovers it has wings, it does not sit idly, hoping to one day turn back. It flies." -Kelseyleigh Reber #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #thinkgreen #butterfly
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"When a caterpillar bursts from its cocoon and discovers it has wings, it does not sit idly, hoping to one day turn back. It flies."

- Kelseyleigh Reber

"Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies. It creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation." -Stephanie Pace Marshall #trvst #quotes #bethechange #beinspired #butterfly
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"Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies. It creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation."

- Stephanie Pace Marshall

Uplifting Butterfly Quotes That Talk About Long-Lasting Commitment

Even as we enter new chapters in life, we remember the past that made us who we are. In correlation to our featured animal, have you ever thought if butterflies remembered the changes they went through as caterpillars?

Caterpillars and butterflies are distinguishable by their physical form, diet, movement, and senses. But a study reveals that despite the transformation, butterflies and moths retain some memories of when it was still a caterpillar3. The study could also tell how females decide which plant to lay an egg on as they recall the specific plant they ate as a caterpillar.

While reading the following butterfly quotes, remember your experience and leverage it into your long-lasting commitment to improving.

"A caterpillar, after its deep slumber, ‘wakes up to reality' to realize, that truth is not always bitter after all!" -Manali Oak #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #collectiveaction #butterfly #truth
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"A caterpillar, after its deep slumber, ‘wakes up to reality' to realize, that truth is not always bitter after all!"

- Manali Oak

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough." -Rabindranath Tagore #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #bethechange #butterfly #butterfly
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"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."

- Rabindranath Tagore

"We can learn a lesson from the butterfly beginning it's life crawling along the ground, then spinning a cocoon, patiently waiting until the day it will fly." -Heather Wolf #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #bethechange #butterfly #life #crawling #butterfly
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"We can learn a lesson from the butterfly beginning it's life crawling along the ground, then spinning a cocoon, patiently waiting until the day it will fly."

- Heather Wolf

"A butterfly symbolized acceptance of each new phase in life. To keep faith as everything around you changed." -Lisa Kleypas #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #impact #butterfly #life #butterfly
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"A butterfly symbolized acceptance of each new phase in life. To keep faith as everything around you changed."

- Lisa Kleypas

"In mythology throughout the world, the butterfly represents the soul and its journey in this life and the next." -Tom Frost #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #bethechange #butterfly #world #life #butterfly
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"In mythology throughout the world, the butterfly represents the soul and its journey in this life and the next."

- Tom Frost

Butterfly Quotes To Be More Hopeful In Life

The complete metamorphosis of butterflies occurs in four stages. The average duration for each phase is 4 to 10 days for eggs, 3 to 4 weeks for caterpillars, 10 to 20 days for pupas, and 3 to 4 weeks for adult butterflies. So, as you can see, a butterfly spends a big chunk of its short life span transforming.

Even if they live for only a few days, these enchanting creatures still emerge from their chrysalises for their short time as beautiful butterflies. So like a butterfly,  let's start living in the moment and be more hopeful in life after checking out the quotes below.

"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." -Nathaniel Hawthorne #trvst #quotes #socialchange #bethechange #butterfly #butterfly
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"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."

- Nathaniel Hawthorne

"When I was a girl I would look out my bedroom window at the caterpillars; I envied them so much. No matter what they were before, no matter what happened to them, they could just hide away and turn into these beautiful creatures that could fly away completely untouched." -Patch Adams #trvst #quotes #beinspired #ecoconscious #butterfly
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"When I was a girl I would look out my bedroom window at the caterpillars; I envied them so much. No matter what they were before, no matter what happened to them, they could just hide away and turn into these beautiful creatures that could fly away completely untouched."

- Patch Adams

"Forgetting… is a beautiful thing. When you forget, you remake yourself… For a caterpillar to become a butterfly, it must forget it was a caterpillar at all. Then it will be as if the caterpillar never was & there was only ever a butterfly." -Robert Jackson Bennett #trvst #quotes #socialchange #changetheworld #butterfly #butterfly
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"Forgetting… is a beautiful thing. When you forget, you remake yourself… For a caterpillar to become a butterfly, it must forget it was a caterpillar at all. Then it will be as if the caterpillar never was & there was only ever a butterfly."

- Robert Jackson Bennett

"The butterfly does not look back upon its caterpillar self, either fondly or wistfully; it simply flies on." -Guillermo del Toro #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #dogood #butterfly #butterfly
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"The butterfly does not look back upon its caterpillar self, either fondly or wistfully; it simply flies on."

- Guillermo del Toro

Quotes About The Beautiful Butterfly Fluttering In Nature

Graceful butterflies play various essential roles in nature. First, their delicate build makes them perfect indicators of a healthy environment. Due to their short life cycle, they can quickly react to environmental changes. And like bees, they help in pollination. Finally, they feed many insectivores in the food chain. These tiny flying creatures do so much for the world!

Aside from the aesthetic values butterflies give us, let us discover more about their nature with the following butterfly quotes.

"Butterflies may be better indicators of the health of our environment than birds." -Roger Tory Peterson #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #beinspired #butterfly #birds #health
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"Butterflies may be better indicators of the health of our environment than birds."

- Roger Tory Peterson

"The butterflies…What an educated sense of beauty they have. They seem only an ornament to society, and yet, if they were gone, how substantial would be their loss." -Phil Robinson #trvst #quotes #gogreen #changetheworld #butterfly #beauty
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"The butterflies…What an educated sense of beauty they have. They seem only an ornament to society, and yet, if they were gone, how substantial would be their loss."

- Phil Robinson

"Never touch a butterfly's wing with your finger." -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette #trvst #quotes #dogood #bethechange #butterfly
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"Never touch a butterfly's wing with your finger."

- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

"She is like a butterfly, Beautiful to look at but hard to catch." -Nikki Rowe #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #impact #butterfly #butterfly
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"She is like a butterfly, Beautiful to look at but hard to catch."

- Nikki Rowe

"Be like a butterfly and a flower—beautiful and sought after, yet unassuming and gentle." -Jarod Kintz #trvst #quotes #socialchange #takeaction #butterfly #butterfly
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"Be like a butterfly and a flower—beautiful and sought after, yet unassuming and gentle."

- Jarod Kintz

"The typical nature photograph shows a butterfly on a pretty flower. The conservation photograph shows the same thing, but with a bulldozer coming at it in the background." -Joel Sartore #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #ecoconscious #butterfly #nature #flower #conservation #photograph
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"The typical nature photograph shows a butterfly on a pretty flower. The conservation photograph shows the same thing, but with a bulldozer coming at it in the background."

- Joel Sartore

Other Noteworthy Butterfly Quotes In Arts And Literature

Butterflies embody various positive representations in arts and literature from the eastern to the western hemisphere. The celebrated Van Gogh created a series of butterfly paintings during the late 1800s and took inspiration from the creature's transformation, which he believed humans, too, are capable of.

In China, the first Chinese character in the word butterfly sounds like the character for good fortune. On the other side of the globe, the Native Americans have a legend wherein they believe their secret wish will come true if they capture a butterfly and whisper the wish to it.

Uncover more of these beliefs and symbolism after reading the butterfly quotes below.

"This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still." -Joseph Conrad #trvst #quotes #impact #bethechange #butterfly #butterfly #magnificent
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"This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still."

- Joseph Conrad

"With the rose the butterfly's deep in love, A thousand times hovering round; But round himself, all tender like gold, The sun's sweet ray is hovering found." -Heinrich Heine #trvst #quotes #gogreen #socialimpact #butterfly #rose #love
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"With the rose the butterfly's deep in love, A thousand times hovering round; But round himself, all tender like gold, The sun's sweet ray is hovering found."

- Heinrich Heine

"I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?" -Chuang Tzu #trvst #quotes #takeaction #gogreen #butterfly #dreaming #butterfly
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"I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?"

- Chuang Tzu

"Butterflies, they are like dream flowers, childhood dreams, which have broken loose from their stalks and escaped into the sunshine." -Miriam Rothschild #trvst #quotes #takeaction #ecoconscious #butterfly #flowers
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"Butterflies, they are like dream flowers, childhood dreams, which have broken loose from their stalks and escaped into the sunshine."

- Miriam Rothschild

"I embrace emerging experience. I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly. I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly." -William Stafford #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #beinspired #butterfly #butterfly
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"I embrace emerging experience. I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly. I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly."

- William Stafford

Quotes To Describe Things Like A Butterfly

Although less efficient than bees, butterflies perch on various flowers throughout the day. Visiting one flower to the other is perhaps the origin of the 'social butterfly,' which we use to describe someone outgoing. According to the US Forest Service, butterflies like flowers that provide ample landing area, are brightly colored, and with sufficient nectar.

Research more about the origins of other metaphors after checking out the next set of butterfly quotes.

"I wasn't a social butterfly at all." -Kate Bosworth #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #changetheworld #butterfly #butterfly
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"I wasn't a social butterfly at all."

- Kate Bosworth

"Social entrepreneurship is like a butterfly, sucking honey from a flower, but the flower won't die. They're helping the flower to make pollination." -Arunachalam Muruganantham #trvst #quotes #bethechange #impact #butterfly #butterfly #flower
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"Social entrepreneurship is like a butterfly, sucking honey from a flower, but the flower won't die. They're helping the flower to make pollination."

- Arunachalam Muruganantham

"I have four or five ideas that just keep floating around, and I want to kind of just let one, like a beautiful butterfly, let it land somewhere." -Gillian Flynn #trvst #quotes #takeaction #socialimpact #butterfly #butterfly
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"I have four or five ideas that just keep floating around, and I want to kind of just let one, like a beautiful butterfly, let it land somewhere."

- Gillian Flynn

"You want to have butterflies in your stomach, because if you don't, if you walk out onstage complacent, that's not a good thing." -Joan Jett #trvst #quotes #gogreen #socialchange #butterfly
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"You want to have butterflies in your stomach, because if you don't, if you walk out onstage complacent, that's not a good thing."

- Joan Jett

"Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?" -Alexander Pope #trvst #quotes #gogreen #socialchange #butterfly #butterfly
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"Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?"

- Alexander Pope

"I am a believer of butterfly effect. A small positive vibration can change the entire cosmos." -Amit Ray #trvst #quotes #socialchange #bethechange #butterfly #butterfly
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"I am a believer of butterfly effect. A small positive vibration can change the entire cosmos."

- Amit Ray

"It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world." -Aleatha Romig #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #butterfly #world
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"It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world."

- Aleatha Romig

Quotes About Butterflies From Famous Personalities

The fame of the magnificent butterfly across locations, generations, and cultures is undeniable. But despite that, not all of us look into the severe effects of our activities on their population. For instance, a study has revealed that the number of butterflies plunged over the last 40 years2. Furthermore, they concluded that climate change - particularly the warmer months during autumn - plays a significant role in the decline.

As we read these butterfly quotes from famous personalities, may we also put into light the conservation of these delicate critters.

"‘Just living isn't enough,’ said the butterfly, ‘one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.’" -Hans Christian Anderson #trvst #quotes #bethechange #impact #butterfly #butterfly #flower #freedom
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"‘Just living isn't enough,’ said the butterfly, ‘one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.’"

- Hans Christian Anderson

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." -Maya Angelou #trvst #quotes #beinspired #bethechange #butterfly #beauty #butterfly
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"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."

- Maya Angelou

"His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred." -Ernest Hemingway #trvst #quotes #dogood #takeaction #butterfly #natural #butterfly #pattern #talent
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"His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred."

- Ernest Hemingway

"Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing." -Dolly Parton #trvst #quotes #gogreen #dogood #butterfly #butterfly
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"Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing."

- Dolly Parton

"The butterfly flits from bloom to bloom, as not to miss one fragrant plume. In her sight exists no garden finale, only paradise of flowered hill and valley." -K. D'Angelo #trvst #quotes #bethechange #planetearthfirst #butterfly #garden #butterfly
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"The butterfly flits from bloom to bloom, as not to miss one fragrant plume. In her sight exists no garden finale, only paradise of flowered hill and valley."

- K. D'Angelo

Short Butterfly Captions For Social Media

An adult butterfly's average lifespan depends on the species. On average, adult butterflies can live for three to four weeks. The smallest butterfly species, American Copper, has a lifespan of about two weeks. However, some can live for six weeks to a year if they are overwintering or migratory butterflies.

For instance, the deep orange and black monarch butterflies live for five weeks. But the ones born at the end of summer can live for up to eight months. They use their extended lifespan to migrate to Central and South America, remaining until the following spring.

Although butterflies' lifespans are limited, let us continue to appreciate their beauty by posting these butterfly captions on social media.

"You do not just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process." -Rupi Kaur #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #bethechange #butterfly #butterfly
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"You do not just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process."

- Rupi Kaur

"Fighting has taught me that the caterpillar takes a while to turn into a majestic butterfly." -Jesse Taylor #trvst #quotes #bethechange #bethechange #butterfly #butterfly
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"Fighting has taught me that the caterpillar takes a while to turn into a majestic butterfly."

- Jesse Taylor

"And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful." -Ruskin Bond #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #beinspired #butterfly #butterfly
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"And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful."

- Ruskin Bond

"Butterflies are self propelled flowers." -Robert A. Heinlein #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #dogood #butterfly #flowers
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"Butterflies are self propelled flowers."

- Robert A. Heinlein

"Beautiful and graceful, butterflies lift our spirits with their loveliness and lyric flight." -Gloria B. Schlaepfer #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #dogood #butterfly
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"Beautiful and graceful, butterflies lift our spirits with their loveliness and lyric flight."

- Gloria B. Schlaepfer

"Beauty is where the beheld butterfly disappears from sight." -R.H. Peat #trvst #quotes #beinspired #socialchange #butterfly #butterfly
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"Beauty is where the beheld butterfly disappears from sight."

- R.H. Peat

"Butterflies are nature's angels. They remind us what a gift it is to be alive." -Robyn Nola #trvst #quotes #bethechange #impact #butterfly
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"Butterflies are nature's angels. They remind us what a gift it is to be alive."

- Robyn Nola

"Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man." -Vladimir Nabokov #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #ecoconscious #butterfly
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"Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man."

- Vladimir Nabokov

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