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Buttorfleoge or Flutterby… it’s Butterfly to me!


natural history museum butterflies

In researching the origin of the name “butterfly” I came up with two possibilities. 1. The Anglo-Saxons coined the word ‘butterfloege’ because the most common butterfly at the time was the yellow brimstone butterfly. 2. They were called flutterby (obviously because they fluttered by) in Victorian times and after a while the name was reversed to butterfly. Maybe a combination of both.

natural history museum butterflies

I make the effort to visit the Butterfly Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum every two or three years.

natural history museum butterflies

It’s somewhat of a meditative experience to mingle with the winged creatures for half an hour.

natural history museum butterflies

Our reservation was for 11:00am and I must say the creatures were very active at that time of day.

natural history museum butterflies

The docent informed us they were fluttering around looking for the right place to lay their eggs.

natural history museum butterflies

The butterflies can’t lay their eggs just any old place. It has to be the right plant or the eggs won’t hatch, or if they hatch they will die.

natural history museum butterflies

So every kind of butterfly has a specific plant to lay its eggs on.

natural history museum butterflies

So when humans wipe out certain kinds of plants the butterflies get wiped out too.

natural history museum butterflies

We humans continue to cause all kinds of havoc for nature.

natural history museum butterflies

In the pavilion there was plenty of mating going on.

Please click on an image below for slide show.




Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

14 thoughts on “Buttorfleoge or Flutterby… it’s Butterfly to me!

  1. What a wonderful place. Your photographs are stunning, Roslyn!

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  2. A beautiful and graceful reminder of the damage we do to creatures great and small.

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  3. The only time I pay attention to butterflies is during my 2nd graders discussion of life cycles. Then, it’s all about butterflies. You’ve reminded me why I did used to love these creatures.


  4. I have been to a few butterfly houses or whatever you call them in the distant past. It is fun to see so many around though I was worried to hurt one accidentally. You have photographed an interesting selection of them, and I enjoy seeing them.


  5. It’s a butterfly to me too Roslyn,but interesting your research concerning the word’s origin.What a delightful post with a fantastic compilation of the most beautiful insect.I do so much admire the “golden ratio” on their wings.Incredible symmetrical and motley patterns.Beautiful all your photos and your butterfly mosaic.


  6. Beautiful butterfly images! I had no idea about their different calling in the past. Flutterby sounds like a funny word to me and I have trouble to pronounce buttorfleoge!


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