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Life cycle of the Butterfly (Franziska Bauer, TED-Ed, Official Website)
TED-Ed (YouTube Channel)


butterfly : any of numerous slender-bodied diurnal lepidopteran insects including one superfamily (apilionoidea) with broad often brightly colored wings and usually another superfamily comprising the skippers. — Merriam-Webster   See also   OneLook


Butterflies are insects in the clade Rhopalocera from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. The group comprises the large superfamily Papilionoidea, along with two smaller groups, the skippers (superfamily Hesperioidea) and the moth-butterflies (superfamily Hedyloidea). Butterfly fossils date to the Palaeocene, about 56 million years ago. — Wikipedia

Butterfly (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Papilionoidea: Butterflies and Skippers (Bug Guide, Iowa State University)

Butterflies and Moths (One Zoom)
Lepidoptera (Catalogue of Life)
Butterfly (WolframAlpha)




Lepidopterology is a branch of entomology concerning the scientific study of moths and the three superfamilies of butterflies. — Wikipedia




DDC: 595.789 Butterflies (Library Thing)
Subject: Butterflies (Library Thing)

Subject: Butterflies (Open Library)

LCC: QL 541 Butterflies (UPenn Online Books)
Subject: Butterflies (UPenn Online Books)

LCC: QL 541 Butterflies (Library of Congress)
Subject: Butterflies (Library of Congress)

Subject: Butterflies (WorldCat)




The Butterfly Kingdom (Ology, American Museum of Natural History)
Butterflies (Science Trek)

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources



Careers in Entomology (Royal Entomological Society)
What is an Entomologist? (Environmental Science.org)
Entomologist (Future Farmers of America)


Lepidopterists’ Society
North American Butterfly Association

Royal Entomological Society
Entomological Society of America
American Entomological Society


News of the Lepidopterists’ Society
American Butterflies

Annals of the Entomological Society of America
Journal of Insect Science (Entomological Society of America)

Butterflies (EurekaAlert, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Butterflies (bioRxiv: Preprint Server for Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
Butterflies (JSTOR)
Butterflies (Science Daily)
Butterflies (Science News)
Butterflies (Phys.org)
Butterflies (NPR Archives)



Butterfly (USA.gov)


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